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February 28, 2012
Few options for West in Syria crisis
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Russia and China's opposition to swift action ending Syria's bloody crackdown on its uprising leaves the West and its Arab allies with few options.
The self-proclaimed "Friends of Syria" may have to rely on a slow grind of tightened sanctions, a trickle of humanitarian and military aid smuggled across borders -- and calls for ever-more-diluted U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Moscow and Beijing twice vetoed Security Council resolutions that strongly condemned Syria. On Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe announced that Paris was preparing yet another resolution, this time focusing on a cease-fire and humanitarian aid.
Yet each attempt to ratchet up international pressure has prompted Russia and China to fight back.
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Supporters of the Free Syrian Army ride a motorcycle with a rocket-propelled grenade in Kafar Taharim, Syria, Friday, Feb. 24., 2012.


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People carry the body of Mohammed al-Mnawi who was allegedly killed by the Syrian security forces on Saturday as they shout anti-government slogans during his funeral in Kfar Suseh area, Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012.



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In this Wednesday Feb. 22, 2012 photo, a Syrian rebel aims his rifle inside a classroom at a school in Deir Baalbeh neighborhood in Homs province, Syria.



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People burn portraits of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad during a demonstration against his regime in the outskirts from Idlib, northern Syria, Sunday Feb. 26, 2012.



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Free Syrian Army fighters walk towards a check point near their headquarters in Kafar Taharim, north Syria, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.



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A Free Syrian Army fighter runs as Syrian Army advances towards the town of Sarmin, north of Syria, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.



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A Free Syrian Army fighter takes a position as the Syrian Army advances towards the town of Sarmin, north of Syria, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.



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In this Thursday Feb. 23, 2012 photo, Syrian rebels stand in front of the remains of a burnt military vehicle belonging to Syrian government forces destroyed by Syrian rebels during clashes at Khaldiyeh neighborhood in Homs province, Syria.



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A woman holds her daughter on the balcony of her building damaged by Syrian Army bombings in central Idlib, north of Syria, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.



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In this Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 photo, Syrian girls play on top of a destroyed Syrian riot police tank at Bayada neighborhood in Homs province, Syria.



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A boy stands in from of a shop destroyed in Syrian Army shelling in the center of Idlib, north of Syria, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.



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A woman walks with children in Kafar Taharim, north Syria, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. The town of Kafar Taharim is under control of the Free Syrian Army for the past month, and people continue a normal life due to the lack of combat with government military forces.



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Children ride a horse in Kafar Taharim, north Syria, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. The town has been under the control of the Free Syrian Army for the past month, and people continue a normal life due to the lack of combat with government military forces.



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A man loads his family's belongings to a truck as they flee their house due to Syrian Army bombardments in downtown Idlib, Syria, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.



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A family evacuates their belongings as they flee their home because of the Syrian Army shelling in central Idlib, north Syria, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. European Union foreign ministers said Monday they were increasingly appalled by the Syrian government's ruthless campaign of repression against civilians, and imposed new sanctions in hopes of pressuring the regime to change course.



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A woman stands next to a graffiti that reads "Freedom" during a demonstration against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's regime in the outskirts of Idlib, northern Syria, Sunday Feb. 26, 2012.



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People chant slogans against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's regime during a demonstration in Kafar Taharim, northern Syria, Friday, Feb. 24., 2012.



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A man burns a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, during a demonstration in the outskirts of Idlib, northern Syria, Sunday Feb. 26, 2012.



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A man holds up a child during a demonstration against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's regime in the outskirts of Idlib, northern Syria, Sunday Feb. 26, 2012.



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A boy holds the portrait of a man killed by the Syrian Army during a demonstration against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad regime in Kafar Taharim, north Syria, Friday, Feb. 24., 2012.



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Syrian security forces block a street during the funeral of Alaa Harbush, 12, who was allegedly killed on Sunday by Syrian security forces during a protest against Syrian President Bashar Assad in Kfar Suseh area, Damascus, Syria, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012.



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A Syrian man holds up his ballot paper at a polling station during a referendum on the new constitution in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday Feb. 26, 2012.



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A Syrian woman, center, dances between pro-Syrian regime supporters wearing police uniforms as they celebrate outside a polling station during a referendum on the new constitution, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Syrians began voting Sunday on a new draft constitution aimed at quelling the country's uprising by ending the ruling Baath Party's five-decade domination of power, but the opposition announced a boycott and clashes were reported across the country.



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