Syria Ignores Arab League Deadline

    Syrians wave their national flag and hold up a huge banner of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they rally in central in Damascus on November 20, 2011, to show their support  as he defiantly vowed to fight and die if needed as an Arab League deadline for his government to stop its lethal crackdown on protesters expired with 17 more people killed.  AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Arab League's deadline for Syria to end its violent crackdown on protesters has come and gone, and the regime of Bashar al-Assad hasn't exactly backed down. The conflict has now reportedly killed 3,500 people, and although the Arab League has proposed a peace plan that would send a 500-member observer mission to the country to end the conflict, Syria is demanding alterations—such as reducing the observer team to 40. The League has rejected the demands. Meanwhile, rocket-propelled grenades hit the headquarters of the ruling Baath Party in Damascus Sunday, the first time the capital has been confronted with opposition attacks.

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