US clings to engagement policy with Assad’s Syria (AP) – 1128th Edition

27 04 2011

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, medical staff members along with relatives of fifteen killed soldiers and security force members, hold pictures of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his father late President Hafez Assad as they watch the military police carry the coffins into ambulances before sending the bodies to their hometowns for burial, at a military hospital in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, April 26, 2011. The agency did not report the circumstances of their deaths but they are believed to have been victims of the ongoing civil unrest against the government. (AP Photo/SANA) EDITORIAL USE ONLYAP – The Obama administration clung Tuesday to fading hopes that a policy of engagement and diplomatic threats can pressure Syria to halt its brutal crackdown on pro-reform demonstrators, refusing to call for President Bashar Assad to step down or even question his legitimacy as a leader.

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