A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Pulling Out the Stops in Deraa

Multiple reports and YouTube videos show Syrian use of heavy armor in today's Army occupation of Deraa; there are reports that the Army has fired on anyone on the streets. At least 25 dead by early reports. A month ago I said "it isn't 1982 anymore," referring to the infamous Hama massacre when 10,000 or more asre said to have died in the intense shelling of the city. I hope Asad is not about to prove me wrong.

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