Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Jul 17, 2011 3:10 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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SYRIA

Syrian troops flown in on helicopters descend on an eastern town near the Iraqi border where scores of soldiers defected to join the four-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad. Assad has unleashed military and security forces on rebellious towns across the country to crush the unrest, but the uprising has been building steadily.

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EGYPT

Hosni Mubarak's lead doctor denies that the ousted Egyptian president suffered a stroke or is in a coma, as Mubarak's lawyer claims. Doctor Assem Azzam says the 83-year old Mubarak suffered a bout of low blood pressure and is in stable condition. Mubarak's lawyer Farid el-Deeb says he had a stroke and is in a coma. Youth groups insist in a public trial and warn that granting Mubarak amnesty would spark a new revolution.

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LIBYA

NATO jets destroy a military storage facility and other targets in Tripoli's eastern outskirts, after key international players recognized Libya's rebel leadership as the country's legitimate representative. Rebel attacks on the eastern oil city of Brega, stretch into their fourth day, with reports of pitched battles in residential areas.

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YEMEN

Hundreds of thousands of protesters flood streets across Yemen to demand the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, while thousands of the embattled leader's supporters stage counter rallies to celebrate the 33rd anniversary of his rule. Demonstrators in the southern city of Taiz carry black flags and placards that read "today is the fateful day." In the capital Sanaa, Saleh's supporters raise pictures of the president.

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IRAN

Iran's Revolutionary Guard kills five Kurdish rebels in a raid that destroys one of the group's headquarters in northwestern Iran. One Iranian soldier is killed. The deadly clashes come nearly a week after an Iranian military official threatened to attack the group's bases in Iraq.