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    Syria to Foreign Troops: Stay Out

    A man holds a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reading "Syria the Beloved" as Lebanese people rally outside the United-Nations headquarters in Beirut to protest the policies of the UN regarding the Middle East as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrives at the organisation's headquarters on January 13, 2012. Ban arrived in Lebanon for talks on a controversial UN-backed court probing the assassination of the country's ex-premier and on the bloodshed in Syria. During his three-day visit, Ban was also expected to address the thorny issue of Hezbollah's weapons arsenal and recent attacks against UN peacekeepers in southern Lebanon.     AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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    As a new burst of violence shakes Syria, leaving at least 30 dead across the nation, the government said it “absolutely rejects” a plan to send Arab troops into the nation. If “foreign” troops enter Syria, Assad’s regime promised to confront the trespassers. President Obama said Tuesday that the violence is “unacceptable” and the Syrian regime must step aside immediately. As if the situation weren’t bad enough, the U.S. said there are “strong” signs that Iran is giving Syria weapons. In the last 10 months, 5,000 people have reportedly been killed in Assad’s brutal crackdown, but a more staggering 400 people have allegedly been killed in the last three weeks alone.

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