Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in another bid to quiet the unrest that has swept the country, issued a decree granting “general amnesty for crimes committed during the events between March 15, 2011 and January 15, 2012,” according to the official SANA news agency.

No further details were provided.

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The popular uprising and the Assad regime’s ruthless crackdown in response has further isolated Assad internationally and in the Arab world.

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