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Syrian troops and security forces have killed at least 1,100 civilians in their two-month campaign to crush pro-democracy demonstrations, Syrian human rights organization Sawasiah said on Tuesday.
IAEA findings that Syria 'very likely' pursued a secret program may add to foreign pressure on Damascus amid a government crackdown on protesters. A separate report says Iran has expanded its nuclear capacity and stockpile.
Reporting from Beirut— The United Nations' nuclear watchdog released a detailed report saying Syria "very likely" pursued a clandestine nuclear program, an assertion that is expected to add pressure on a regime already reeling from protests at home and sanctions imposed abroad.
"The agency finally weighed in and came up with a conclusion that most governments came up with years ago," said David Albright, a former weapons inspector who now heads the Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington arms control watchdog. "This is laying down the gauntlet against Syria."
You can't ignore the timing," said Albright. "Syria is politically weaker than it was six months ago, and it might be easier to muster the votes at the [IAEA] board to refer this to the Security Council."