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Syrian Government Troops Pound Opposition Forces; Wounded Journalist Flees

Troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Asad pounded opposition forces in the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs on Tuesday with at least 26 more deaths reported while opposition monitoring groups counted the nationwide death toll at more than 100. The United Nations has halted its official casualty tally, but now estimates that “more than 7,500 people have died” in 11-months of unrest. British photographer Paul Conroy, who was wounded in the artillery barrages that claimed the lives of two journalistic colleagues, managed to escape to Beirut on Tuesday. What has become of French journalist Edith Bouvier who was trapped in Homs with Conroy remains unclear. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested to a Senate committee that Al-Asad could be accused of being a war criminal, but cautioned that applying the label could interfere with efforts to convince him to step down. The Reuters news agency quoted a Tunisian official as saying his country would offer the Syrian president asylum if he would give up his position.