January 19th, 2012
12:00 PM ET

Arab League monitors to report on Syria as mission ends

The fact-finding mission of Arab League monitors in Syria comes to an end Thursday, with its members due to report over the weekend on what they have witnessed of a months-long government crackdown on protests.

Ambassador Adnan Al Khudeir, the Cairo-based head of the monitoring operation, said the league and the Syrian government were negotiating an extension to their mandate.

A senior Arab League official, who could not be named because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the monitors would remain in Syria while the issue was discussed - and that all signs pointed to an extension being agreed to by both sides.

A handful of Arab League members will meet Saturday, led by Qatar, before the full 22-state body meets Sunday in Cairo to discuss the monitors' final findings, the official said.

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  1. Jazzy

    To discuss WHAT? They haven't monitored crap.
    Opps, they're going to discuss who the UN and BIS are gonna strike next. HA HA
    You would think Saudi Arabia would lead rather than Qatar.

    January 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mab

      I think they were putting out feelers and doing the bribe thing. Bribes are very big over there. They might have been scouting out targets for future ops. So many things they could do just by parading around. I don't trust them at all.

      January 19, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzy

    LOL, s kel

    January 19, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kandi

    I find it amazing that we keep getting unsubstantiated bits of news from the ME! Not authorized to speak? Wonder why their leaders havent noticed the information leak to the world? Intentionally leaked im guessing.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    Given the recent comments by ex-monitors, this should be interesting.

    January 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Not s kel. GD it, CNN, do something about the trolls.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I do not care what people say, the United States needs to let some other country lead on this one.
    I am tired of our soldiers dying for the ME.
    I do not care for the reasons.
    I do not care if it's oil-related.
    I care for the massive amounts of time, money, and loss of life that comes with "helping" these countries.

    January 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Troll hunter!!!!!! Im back

    I wll only say this once but all the people that YOU TROLLS are harrasing are my good friends, you the trolls are limited life on these blogs , you will be hunted, your emails will be intruded upon by a message. And you will be stopped!!! DO YOU GET THE MESSAGE? If not i will make a personal call to nicole saidi and have you crashed emotionally, i will not tollerate my friends being harrased by you punks can you hear me now? You will in the next couple of hours get my friends of your shoulder if you want someone to mess mess with me i work in the IT industry engineering new soft ware so i will personally catch you and report , with evidence against you on harrasment so now you have a good rest of your day back east

    January 20, 2012 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Warrior

    Monitors? Hall duty, bathroom monitor caffiteria equipment monitor, important position is it not? Hows about murder, or bloodshed monitor? That job i could not have watching people being murdered, good job arab league and there only job was to watch how people are cut down in cold blood

    January 20, 2012 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |