Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    9 / -3   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>World

Syrian civil war possible if opposition grows: Clinton


13:47, November 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton said on Friday that a civil war in Syria is possible if the opposition in the West Asian country grows stronger, according to media reports here.

"I think there could be a civil war with a very determined and well-armed and eventually well-financed opposition that is, if not directed by, certainly influenced by defectors from the army," Clinton told the NBC network.

"We're already seeing that, something that we hate to see because we are in favor of a peaceful protest and non-violent opposition," she said, blaming Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for provoking the opposition into "taking up arms."

Anti-government protests broke out in mid-March in Syria, and have resulted in some 3,500 deaths so far, as the United Nations estimated.

The U.S., its European allies and the Arab countries have ratcheted up the pressure on Syrian. At its meeting in Morocco's capital of Rabat on Wednesday, the Arab League formally suspended Syria's membership, and gave President Bashar Assad's government three days to implement a peace plan brokered by the bloc to halt the violence and allow in observers from the organization, or face economic sanctions.

【1】 【2】


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Shenzhou-8 spacecraft departs for Beijing from China's Inner Mongolia

  2. Miao ethnic group in Basha -- the last tribe of gunner in Guizhou

  3. World Body Art Conference kicks off on Nov. 17 in Venezuela.

  4. Italian military aircraft crashed when returning after Dubai Airshow

Most Popular


  1. Use of force in Iran, Syria not so simple
  2. US Asia-Pacific strategy brings steep price
  3. How climate change will affect China
  4. Philippines walking a very fine line
  5. Occupy movement must find global answers
  6. Gold prices likely to rise, not fall next year
  7. RMB appreciation will not ease US troubles
  8. Australia could be caught in Sino-US crossfire
  9. China helped EU in crisis enough
  10. Second-power status brings many risks

What's happening in China

34 Chinese cities see new home price declines

  1. More cities post home price declines in October
  2. Govt depts go online, share info on Weibo
  3. China starts rice genome molecular breeding
  4. Carbon capture project deal inked in Daqing
  5. Insiders hail dawn of mobile Internet era

PD Online Data

  1. Yangge in Shaanxi
  2. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  3. The drum dance in Ansai
  4. Shehuo in Baoji City
  5. The dragon dance