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2 days of violence in Syria leave 150 dead


BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state television is airing pictures of military maneuvers. It says the images show that government forces are ready "repulse any aggression" the country's "enemies" might consider.

Violence continues across the country as security forces pursue anti-government activists and army defectors. Activist groups say government forces have shot and killed at least 47 people today. That pushes the death toll to nearly 150 in the past two days alone, despite the Assad regime's signing of an Arab League plan aimed at stopping bloodshed in the country.

Opposition leaders have expressed skepticism that the agreement, which would allow foreign monitors into Syria, is anything more than a stalling tactic as international pressure on President Bashar Assad grows.

The uprising against Assad's rule has been building since March, but it's become increasingly militarized in recent weeks, with clashes nearly every day between army defectors and troops.

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