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2011 Nov 6
Syrians in the restive region of Homs performed special prayers for a major Muslim holiday to the sound of explosions and gunfire as government troops pushed forward their assault on the area, killing at least 16 people. The Arab League called an emergency meeting on Syria's failure to implement its peace plan. Altogether 23 people were killed in today’s crackdown.
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2011 Nov 12
The 22-member Arab League voted to suspend Syria and warned the regime could face sanctions if it does not end its bloody crackdown against anti-government protesters. The decision was a symbolic blow to a nation that prides itself on being a powerhouse of Arab nationalism. 18 countries agreed to the suspension, scheduled to take effect on Nov 16.
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2011 Nov 20
The Arab League said it has rejected amendments proposed by Syria to a peace plan to end the crisis in the country, saying the changes put forward by Damascus alter the "essence" of the plan. Syria's foreign minister attacked the Arab League for suspending Damascus and accused the organization of being used as a "tool" by the West.
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2011 Nov 24
The EU said that protecting civilians caught up in Syria's crackdown on anti-government protests "is an increasingly urgent and important aspect" of responding to the bloodshed there. At least three more people were killed by Syrian security forces. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees said 15 defectors were either killed or wounded in clashes near Rastan. 6 elite pilots and 4 technical officers were killed in an ambush in Homs. The Arab League gave Syria 24 hours to agree to an observer mission or face sanctions.
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2011 Nov 27
The Arab League, meeting in Cairo, approved unprecedented sanctions on Syria over its crackdown on 8-month uprising.
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2011 Nov 28
Syria hit out at the Arab League for the treatment it has meted out to Damascus, accusing it of ignoring the presence of "terrorists" in the country and prematurely imposing economic sanctions. Tens of thousands of supporters of President Bashar al-Assad took to the streets to protest against the Arab League sanctions.
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2011 Dec 1
Syria's opposition called a general strike over President Bashar Assad's deadly crackdown as government troops stormed a village in the central province of Hama, killing six people. Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi rejected any foreign intervention in Syria as he joined EU talks aimed at ramping up pressure on the regime over its crackdown on dissidents. The EU's latest sanctions were announced, targeting 12 more people and 11 companies. The UN high commissioner for human rights said that the violence in Syria is a civil war.
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2011 Dec 4
Syria signaled it still might be willing to comply with the Arab League's plan, saying its objections were simply a matter of details. In central Syria new violence killed at least six people, including a female university professor and a father and his three children.
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2011 Dec 5
In Syria 36 bodies were dumped in the streets of Homs. Syria agreed to allow Arab League observers but demanded that the Arab League scrap recent decisions taken against Damascus, including economic sanctions and suspending the country from the Arab League when a protocol allowing observers is signed.
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2011 Dec 19
Syria signed an Arab League initiative that will allow Arab observers into the country, as part of an effort to end the nation's increasingly bloody 9-month-old crisis.
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2011 Dec 20
Syrian state-run news agency SANA said President Bashar Assad has issued a new law under which anyone found guilty of distributing weapons with the aim of committing "terrorist acts" would be sentenced to death. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Assad's forces carried out a "massacre" by killing some 110 civilians in the northwestern town of Kfar Owaid. 12 more people were killed in Homs. In addition, at least 100 army deserters were killed or wounded over the last 24 hours in Idlib. 14 security force members were killed in southern Daraa province. An Arab League official said an advance team will arrive in Syria this week to prepare for an observer mission as a possible step toward solving the crisis. 5 Iranian engineers working at a power plant project in Homs were abducted.
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2011 Dec 21
The opposition Syrian National Council urged the UN Security Council and Arab League to hold emergency meetings after regime forces "massacred" more than 200 people in two days.
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2011 Dec 22
In Syria fresh raids and gunfire by government forces killed at least 19 people, most of them in the central city of Homs and northern Idlib province. Arab League delegates traveled to Syria to arrange the deployment of foreign monitors under a plan aimed at ending the regime's deadly 9-month-old crackdown on dissent. A total of 500 observers are planned.
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2011 Dec 26
In Syria intense shelling by government forces was reported in the center of the country, just hours before the Arab League monitoring teams were to arrive. Security forces killed at least 42 people, most of them in Homs.
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2011 Dec 27
Syria's army suspended days of attacks on the restive city of Homs and began withdrawing its tanks just as Arab League monitors visited the area. The Sudanese head of the mission to Syria, Gen. Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi, was leading the team of at least 12 observers to Homs. Security forces shot dead two people in the Damascus suburb of Douma, one in the southern province of Daraa and one in the northwestern province of Idlib. The Local Coordination Committees (LCC) said 23 people were killed, including six in Homs. A student at Damascus University opened fire with a pistol inside a classroom at the medical department killing one student and wounding four. He was said to be a former anti-regime detainee who had been recently beaten by the pro-regime students, including the one he shot dead.
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2012 Jan 1
An Arab League advisory body called for the immediate withdrawal of the bloc's observers from Syria saying their presence was having no impact on the government's deadly crackdown on protests. YouTube videos circulating on the Internet showed protesters across Syria welcoming 2012 in with fireworks and holding up signs pledging "Freedom for Life" and denouncing President Bashar al-Assad as the enemy.
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2012 Jan 2
The Arab League chief said Syria's government has withdrawn heavy weapons from inside cities and freed about 3,500 prisoners but security forces continue to kill protesters even with foreign monitors in the country. Syrian security forces fired on protesters in Hama province.
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2012 Jan 3
The Arab League called for an emergency meeting to discuss whether to withdraw the group's monitors from Syria. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces shot dead three people in the restive city of Homs. The LCC had a higher toll, saying security forces killed four people in Homs, one in the Damascus suburb of Kfar Batna and one in the central province of Hama. An explosion struck a gas pipeline in central Syria in an attack the government blamed on terrorists.
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2012 Jan 9
Activists said Syrian troops have fired on protesters as Arab League observers toured the Khaldiyeh neighborhood of Homs province. A group of Arab League observers were attacked in the northern city of Latakia and two Kuwaiti army officers were lightly injured.
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2012 Jan 10
Syrian President Bashar Assad vowed to respond to threats against him with an "iron hand" and refused to step down. Activists said Syrian security forces have shot dead at least 10 people in the eastern city of in Deir el-Zour despite the presence of an Arab observer mission in the area. The UAE's foreign minister accused the Syrian regime of not facilitating the job of Arab League observers.
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2012 Jan 13
The head of the Arab League warned that Syria may be sliding toward civil war. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said security forces killed one protester in the central city of Hama and another in the town of Ariha in the northwestern province of Idlib, where more than 20,000 people were demonstrating.
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2012 Jan 19
In Syria at least 16 people were killed by security forces across the country. An Arab League observer mission ends today but can be renewed for another month.
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2012 Jan 20
In Syria thousands of people held anti-government protests, chanting for the downfall of the regime. At least eight people were killed by security forces across the country. In Egypt two Arab League officials said the organization is likely to extend its observer mission.
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2012 Jan 22
The Arab League officials said its observer's mission in Syria has been extended for another month.
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2012 Jan 23
Syria rejected the Arab League's wide-ranging new plan to end the country's 10-month crisis, saying the League's call for a national unity government in two months is a clear violation of Syrian sovereignty. The EU backed the Arab plan, and it extended existing sanctions against Assad's government by adding 22 more officials and 8 companies to the blacklist. Troops and army defectors clashed near the western town of Qusair. It said five soldiers were killed and 13 were wounded. The LCC put today’s death toll at 10. Funerals in Douma drew more than 150,000 people. Radwan Rabih Hamadi (46), a prominent opposition figure, was ambushed and assassinated by gunmen.
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2012 Jan 24
Syria's foreign minister said that "half the universe" is conspiring against his country, as Gulf Arab nations withdrew from a monitoring mission in Syria because the government has failed to stop 10 months of violence. Syrian troops opened fire to disperse hundreds of people in al-Barra village in the Jabal al-Zawiya region of northern Syria who had gathered for the funeral of Radwan Rabih Hamadi, assassinated a day earlier.
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2012 Jan 28
The Arab League halted its observer mission to Syria, sharply criticizing the regime of President Bashar Assad for escalating violence in recent days that has killed at least 80 people across the country. Government forces clashed with anti-regime army defectors across the country. At least nine were reported killed in the clashes and other violence. State-run news said "terrorists" ambushed a bus carrying army officers near the tense Damascus suburb of Douma, killing seven of them.
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2012 Feb 12
The Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo adopted a draft resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Syria and called on the UN Security Council to pass a resolution creating a joint peacekeeping force for Syria. Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri threw the terror network's support behind Syrian rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby accepted the resignation of Gen. Mohammed Ahmed Al-Dabi, the head of the Syrian observer mission, and nominated former Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdullah al-Khatib as the new envoy.
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2012 Feb 24
Russia welcomed the appointment of Kofi Annan as the UN and Arab League envoy for the crisis in Syria and called for an immediate ceasefire to evacuate wounded from the city of Homs.
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2012 Mar 12
UN-Arab League peace envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, held talks with top Qatari officials after a weekend trip to Damascus where he urged leaders to end the bloodshed there.
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2012 Mar 27
Arab officials gathered in Baghdad this week for a series of meetings. Their agenda of tourism, tackling water security and organizing regional responses to natural disasters was overshadowed by the crisis in Syria.
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2012 Mar 28
In Iraq Arab foreign ministers met in Baghdad to debate a draft resolution calling on Damascus to end violence and hold talks with the opposition.
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2012 Mar 29
In Iraq 10 of 22 leaders of the Arab world showed up at an Arab summit in Baghdad. Qatar's prime minister said the lower representation was to protest what he called the Baghdad government's marginalization of Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority. The summit is the first held by the Arab League since the Arab Spring revolts began sweeping through the region more than a year ago.
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2012 Apr 2
UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had accepted an April 10 deadline to start implementing a peace plan, as more than 30 people died in new clashes.
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2012 Oct 24
The UN-Arab League envoy to Syria said the government in Damascus and some rebel leaders have agreed to a temporary cease-fire during a four-day Muslim holiday that starts Oct 26.
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2013 Mar 26
Syrian opposition representatives took the country's seat for the first time at an Arab League summit in Qatar. The Arab League in 2011 suspended the Syrian government's membership in the organization in response to the regime's crackdown on opponents.
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2013 Apr 29
Arab League delegates in Washington, DC, proposed a revised peace plan based on a 2002 peace initiative that would allow some Jewish settlements on occupied land to remain part of Israel.
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2014 Mar 9
The Arab League endorsed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's rejection of Israel's demand for recognition as a Jewish state, as US-backed peace talks approach a deadline next month.
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2014 Mar 25
The Arab League held a summit in Kuwait. UN peace mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, called for an end the flow of arms to the combatants in the war.
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2014 Mar 26
In their “Kuwait Declaration” Arab leaders called for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, overlooking Saudi-backed demands for greater military support for rebel forces to tip the balance in the war. The Arab League also announced their "total rejection of the call to consider Israel a Jewish state," in the final statement.
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2014 Sep 7
Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo agreed to take the "necessary measures" and were prepared to cooperate internationally to confront Islamic State militants.
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2014 Sep 8
Iraq’s parliament officially named Haider al-Abadi as the new prime minister. An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 16 people at a meeting of Sunni tribal fighters and security troops in Duluiyah. Iraqi security forces retook the Anbar provincial town of Barwana following US airstrikes. The Arab League agreed to take urgent measures to combat extremists like the Islamic State group.
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2015 Aug 4
The Arab League condemned Turkey's actions and called on Ankara to recognize the sovereignty of Iraq. The Arab League also called on Turkey and Iraq to increase cooperation in order to try and preserve peace. Qatar however, distanced itself from the Arab League declaration.
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2016 Jul 25
In Mauritania only a handful of Arab officials gathered in a tent in Nouakchott, in the most poorly attended Arab League summit in years, a sign of the region's disarray. Only 7 of 22 heads of state bothered to attend.
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2017 Mar 18
Meeting in Cairo representatives of the United Nations, European Union, Arab League and African Union supported efforts by Libya's unity government to assert control over Tripoli after days of fighting with rival militias.
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2017 Mar 29
In Jordan the 22-member Arab League looked to overcome divisions and "foreign interference" on regional crises including the devastating wars in Syria and Yemen as they met for an annual summit in Sweimeh. Arab leaders re-launched a peace plan that offers Israel full ties in exchange for Palestinian statehood.
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2017 Sep 26
The Arab League called on Iraqis to renounce their differences and open comprehensive dialogue to avoid clashes following a controversial independence referendum held by the country's Kurds.
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