February 9th, 2012
03:58 AM ET

U.N. considers Arab League plan for joint mission in Syria as attacks escalate

The United Nations was expected Thursday to take up an Arab League proposal that calls for a joint monitoring mission in Syria as President Bashar al-Assad escalated a brutal assault against the opposition calling for an end to his regime.

The move follows what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described as a "disastrous" failure this week by the U.N. Security Council to agree on a resolution to condemn the violence in Syria and call for al-Assad to step down.

The fallout from that failed vote is playing out in the streets of the besieged city of Homs - Syria's third-largest city - which has become a flashpoint in the uprising.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    I hate to see all of this going on, but I think at the very MOST we should be giving material and logistical support to the opposition. And only if we're sure we can trust them. But this would probably require some air strikes to support. But I'd rather see the Arab League take care of their own. I know, that won't happen.

    February 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
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