Arab League Offers Assad ‘Safe Exit’

    Free Syrian Army soldiers rip a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad at the Bab al-Salam border crossing to Turkey on July 22, 2012. Anatolia reported that rebel fighters took Al-Salam on July 22 after hours of fighting during the night, and that the sounds of the battle could be heard from the Turkish side of the border. Syrian rebels are now in control of the Jarabulus, Bab al-Hawa and Al-Salam posts along the nearly 900-kilometre (560-mile) frontier with Turkey, a Turkish diplomat and Anatolia said. AFP PHOTO/ ADEM ALTAN        (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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    In an effort to end the violence that has raged across Syria for over a year, the Arab League’s secretary-general offered Bashar al-Assad, the country’s president, a “safe exit” if he steps down. The organization also offered $100 million for Syrian refugees who’ve had to flee to other countries. This isn’t the first such offer the despotic president has received. Back in February, the president of Tunisia offered Assad asylum in exchange for ending conflict in his country, but he refused, and just this weekend, his military continued to attack rebel areas in Damascus, showing no signs of quitting. In fact, in his first public statements since his top security officers (including his brother-in-law) were killed in a rebel bombing, Assad urged his new Army chief to “continue the armed forces’ pursuit of terrorists.”

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