Arab League Extends Syria Mission 1 Month

Will boost number, training of observers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 22, 2012 8:05 AM CST
Anti-Syrian regime protesters chant slogans as they gather beneath a large Syrian revolution flag during a demonstration at the mountain resort town of Zabadani, Syria, on Friday Jan. 20, 2012.   (STR)
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(Newser) – Arab League officials say the 22-member organization's observers mission in Syria, which ran out Thursday, has been extended for an extra month. Today's decision has been made by Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to the media, say the number of observers will be increased and they will receive training by the UN. (Read more Arab League stories.)

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