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Syrian ally Iran urges dialogue, end to violence

 Syrian shoppers walk next to a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad with Arabic words read:"Congratulation for Syrian people," at the popular ma...
 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad briefs the media, prior to departing Tehran's Mehrabad airport for a trip to Tajikistan, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011....
 FILE - In this Saturday, March 29, 2008 file photo, Front, from left, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Syrian Presid...

Mideast Syria

Syrian shoppers walk next to a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad with Arabic words read:"Congratulation for Syrian people," at the popular ma...

Mideast Iran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad briefs the media, prior to departing Tehran's Mehrabad airport for a trip to Tajikistan, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011....

Mideast Libya Gadhafis Reach

FILE - In this Saturday, March 29, 2008 file photo, Front, from left, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Syrian Presid...

Syrian security forces are keeping up a fierce assault on dissent as the embattled regime faces surprising calls for an end to the violence from its strongest ally, Iran.
Activists said there were reports of machine-gun fire and explosions as military vehicles stormed an area near the Turkish border Thursday.
President Bashar Assad's crackdown on the 6-month-old uprising has left the regime increasingly isolated.
Late on Wednesday, Syrian ally Iran joined the international chorus of criticism.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Assad should back away from his violent crackdown and talk to the opposition.
Ahmadinejad's comments to Portugal's Radiotelevisao Portuguesa, were broadcast with a simultaneous Portuguese translation.


Updated : 2021-04-23 19:05 GMT+08:00