Syria in Crisis

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  • When Was the Turning Point?
  • Unrest Continues
  • Great Friday Leaves Hundreds Dead
  • What Has the Government Done to Stop the Violence?
  • What Are Human Rights Groups Saying?
  • Children in Danger
  • U.S. Gives Syrian Immigrants a Reprieve
  • How Has the World Responded?
  • Possible Syrian Chemical Weapons
  • Russia Blames the West
  • China Stands Its Ground
  • White House Unsure
  • "Friends" Gather for Peace
  • Syrians Vote Amid Violence
  • E.U. Tightens Sanctions
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  • Organisation of Islamic Conference Summit
  • Kofi Annan
  • Former Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab
  • U.N. General Assembly
  • Free Syria Army
  • Nawaf Fares, Syria's Former Ambassador to Iraq
  • Nations Expel Syrian Ambassadors
  • “Tipping Point of Crisis”

When Was the Turning Point?

The earliest pivotal moment in the conflict seemed to come later in March when locals gathered in the Southern city of Deraa to demand the release of 15 children. They had been arrested and allegedly tortured after writing the slogan of the popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt on a wall, which read: "The people want the downfall of the regime."

(Photo: Khaled al-Hariri/Landov)

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