1. BRUTALITY

    Syrian Forces Kill 27 Protesters

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An image grab from footage uploaded on YouTube shows a what pro-reform activists said was a protest against President Bashar al-Assad in the Damascus suburb of Douma on September 16, 2011, under the slogan "we advance toward the fall of the regime". Security forces in Syria shot dead at least 11 people in operations across the country on September 16, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as international pressure mounted on the regime to end the crackdown. AFP PHOTO/HO/YOUTUBE (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Despite months of fighting under intense media scrutiny, the Syrian military continues the widespread shooting of protesters demanding the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. According to Al Jazeera, 27 demonstrators were killed Friday in the suburbs of Damascus, while thousands more took to the streets in other cities across Syria. Thursday, government supporters attacked cars containing American officials, including Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria, who has been vocal in his criticism of Assad. The six-month clash between the army and anti-government civilians has resulted in 3,600 deaths and 30,000 detentions, according to a Syrian human-rights group.

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