BEIRUT (AP) — Syria issued a stern warning to the nation Tuesday to stop protesting, hours after security forces opened fire with live ammunition and tear gas on hundreds of anti-government demonstrators during a pre-dawn raid that killed at least one person, witnesses said.
The statement raised the specter of an increasingly violent crackdown on the monthlong protest movement against President Bashar Assad’s authoritarian regime. The uprising is posing the most serious threat to the Assad family’s ruling dynasty.
The death toll from a security crackdown over the past four weeks has topped 200, human rights groups say.
via The Associated Press.
LONDON – Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague says the U.K. is sending a team of military advisers to Libya to help organize the country’s haphazard opposition forces.
Hague said in a statement on Tuesday that the experienced military officers would join British diplomats already cooperating with rebel leaders in Benghazi.
Hague says the military team will help the rebels improve military organizational structures and offer help on communications and logistics.
He insists the advisers would not be involved in supplying weapons to the rebels, or assist with their attacks on Muammar Qaddafi’s forces