It looks like Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is attempting a last-minute offensive before Arab League observers visit the country. Activists report a “massacre” of at least 160 protesters, defecting soldiers, and civilians. “The corpses of those killed were left in the streets and the mosques, and we are not allowed to bury any of them," said an activist in Idlib. The Obama administration issued a statement saying it was “deeply disturbed” by the massacre, which, if verified, would be one of the worst in Syria’s bloody nine months of unrest. Meanwhile, thousands gathered in Damascus and Idlib Wednesday for funerals for antigovernment protesters, chanting "Down with the Arab nation" and "To heaven we are going, martyrs in millions, death and not humiliation."
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