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August 2nd, 2011
11:08 AM ET

Brutal crackdown on peaceful protests continue in Syria – will the U.N. intervene?

The U.N. Security Council plans to meet for a second day today to discuss the escalating violence in Syria and the al-Assad government's continued crackdown on peaceful protests.

After Ramadan prayers late last night, at least 24 people were killed, dozens were wounded, and more than 150 people were detained across the country according to Rami Abdul-Rahman, head of London-based human rights group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Today on American Morning, Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and author of "The Rise and Fall of al-Qaeda," joins Ali Velshi to discuss the crackdown and to weigh in on how the international community is responding to the situation in the country.

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