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Syrian Army on the March

2:36 PM, Jul 20, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The AFP reports that the Syrian army is on the march: 

Syrian troops swept through the central city of Homs, arresting "armed men" and confiscating "stockpiles of weapons," the pro-government Al-Watan newspaper said on Wednesday....

Syria's third largest city, Homs has spearheaded demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad and his regime since protests erupted on March 15.

The army had already entered the city in May in a bid to stop rallies calling for the fall of Assad's regime.

Meanwhile, security services arrested opposition figure Georges Sabra and a lawyer, the Syrian League for the Defence of Human Rights said on Wednesday.

The Syrian army (and security forces) has previously opened fire on protesters, and today's news indicates the crackdown will only be getting bloodier. 

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