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SYRIAN REBELS MARK SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF UPRISING

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The chief of Syria’s main, Western-backed rebel group marked the second anniversary of the uprising against President Bashar Assad by pledging on 14 March to continue fighting until the “criminal” regime is gone. Gen. Salim Idris, the head of the Supreme Military Council, called on Syrian soldiers to join the rebels in a “fight for freedom and democracy” and said that his Free Syrian Army fighters “will not give up.” In Damascus, Syrian authorities however beefed up security measures as rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad urged supporters to mark the second anniversary of the country’s uprising by stepping up attacks against the regime. The revolt against Assad’s authoritarian rule began in March 2011 with protests in the southern city of Daraa, after troops arrested teenagers who scrawled anti-regime graffiti on a wall. It has since morphed into a civil war with an estimated 70,000 people killed, according to the UN.



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