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BEIRUT—Syrian soldiers and tanks executing a nationwide crackdown on regime opponents surrounded the city of Hama on Thursday, an activist said. Forces also used clubs to disperse 2,000 demonstrators on a northern university campus.
Mr. Assad, who inherited power from his father in 2000, is trying to crush an uprising that exploded nearly two months ago and is now posing the gravest threat to his family's 40-year ruling dynasty. The level of violence is intensifying as forces move into more volatile areas, and the U.S. called the crackdown "barbaric."
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