France and Turkey Urge Syria Pressure

    A Syrian woman living in Turkey protests against the government of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after a Friday prayers during a demonstration in front of the Syrian consulate in Istanbul, on November 18, 2011. Turkey added its voice Friday to warnings that civil war threatens Syria, while France's top diplomat called for stepped up sanctions against Damascus, which he said had left it too late to reform.  AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER (Photo credit should read MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images)

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    France and Turkey are calling on the international community to pressure Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria to end the violence against its citizens. At least 15 people were killed Friday as the Syrian government continues its violent crackdown on opposition groups. While the Assad government said it would comply with the Arab League-pitched plan to end the violence and remove troops from civilian areas, civilians continue to be hurt and killed. The French and Turkish foreign ministers today requested that the Syrian opposition avoid armed retaliation in order to avoid a civil war.

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