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Day after pact, Syrian forces kill 12 protesters

Government agreed to plan to end violence

By Anthony Shadid
New York Times / November 4, 2011

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Syrian forces killed at least 12 people in the restive city of Homs yesterday, opposition activists said, a day after the Arab League brokered a plan to halt violence and convene talks between the government and the opposition in two weeks. Although neither the government nor the disparate Syrian opposition seemed willing to condemn the deal in its infancy, the bloodshed and recriminations apparently augured a difficult path ahead for a government that has relied almost exclusively on violence to crush the uprising.

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