"They are a bunch of criminals who have been violating the law for years and have been sentenced in various criminal cases. They are religious extremists like those from Al Qaeda."
- BASHAR AL-ASSADSyrian President, suggesting in a television interview that the opposition groups to his regime, such as the Free Syrian Army, comprise religious extremists and criminals
"We have to keep Assad off balance by leaving options on the table."
- HILLARY CLINTONU.S. Secretary of State, calling for the U.N. Security Council to adopt a global arms embargo as part of tough measures against Syria if the country does not abide by a cease fire
"Ten unarmed observers, 30 unarmed observers, 300 unarmed observers, even a thousand unarmed observers cannot solve all the problems."
- ROBERT MOODhead of the U.N. observer mission to Syria, reiterating that the success of special envoy Kofi Annan's six-point plan requires the cessation of all violence
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