August 17th, 2011
11:57 PM ET

U.N.: Syrian president says military operations have stopped

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a phone conversation Wednesday that military and police operations in Syria had stopped, according to a U.N. statement.

The secretary general's office released a read-out of the conversation, during which, according to the statement, Ban also expressed alarm at reports of human rights violation in Syria.

During the conversation, al-Assad told Ban that "the military and police operations in Syria have stopped," it said.

Al-Assad has been under enormous international pressure to end a months-long military crackdown on anti-government protesters calling for free elections and an end to his regime.

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  1. ***dude***

    Who said anything towards Muslims????

    I speak for democracy and for not killing ur own! Power corrupts! Selfishness at the expense of the common folks! And we stand by... Confront evil!

    August 18, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lyndsie Graham

      The greatest evil of all is on Capitol Hill where corruption rules and needs to be confronted. As long as Obama and his right-wing henchmen call the shots, this is the way things will stay. They're the ones who need to go, not Bashar al-Assad!

      August 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ***dude***

    Take ur meds!

    August 19, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
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