Syria Update September 15, 2012 (Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies. By Sherifa Zuhur)

Current death toll: 141 including 86 unarmed civilians.

After meeting with Bashar al-Assad (see below) Lakhdar Brahimi said that the Syrian crisis is deteriorating and poses a threat to the region and the world. or

Defections: Youssef al-Assad, presumably of the Assad family is seen here defecting from the Syrian military.

Bashar al-Assad called for dialogue for Syrians today in the presence of Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab League Special Envoy. It is not clear if dialogue is actually what he has in mind as he said “The real problem in Syria is that of combining politics with the work being done on the ground. The political work continues, in particular by calling for dialogue between Syrians based on the aspirations of all Syrians. The success of political action is dependent on…

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