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Syrian opposition forms unity council, hoping to continue Arab Spring

Creation of the Syrian opposition's unity council comes as the US is set to call for a UN resolution to consider further sanctions against Syria if it does not halt the crackdown that has left some 2,700 dead.

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Syria’s myriad opposition groups are forging a newly unified Syrian National Council (SNC), after more than six months of streets protests have challenged the rule of President Bashar al-Assad and raised the possibility of another successful Arab Spring revolution to follow those in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.

European nations backed by the United States on Tuesday are expected to call for a vote on a new UN resolution that would consider further sanctions if Syrian security forces do not stop a military crackdown that has so far left an estimated 2,700 dead.

The UN vote would coincide with the release of a report on Tuesday by Amnesty International, the human rights organization, that the Syrian regime has mounted a “systematic” and sometimes violent campaign of intimidation against Syrian opponents abroad and their families at home.

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