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English Pronunciation News: Syrian Government Attacks

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On Sunday, at least 70 people were killed when Syrian security forces attempted to crush the four month old popular uprising against the government. The central city, Hama, was also bombed on Monday. This is the largest government crackdown yet. The Syrian government has been condemned internationally for its tentative and illusory reforms.

Obama said the attacks showed the true character of the regime, though he has not yet formally called for the Syrian president to step down. Protestors have shown no signs of succumbing to the pressure in spite of the government's intimidating methods.

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uprising (UP-ri-zing)
a revolt, the act of rising up
crackdown (KRAK-down)
harsh or severe enforcement of laws, intended to solve a large problem
tentative (TEN-tu-tiv or TEN-u-div)
uncertain, unsure; done as a trial or experiment

character (KĀR-u-kter)
a person's traits or moral quality
condemn (cun-DEM)
to express a complete lack of approval, to declare guilty
illusory (i-LOO-ser-ee) deceptive, misleading, causing illusion
reform (ree-FORM or ru-FORM) an improvement of something that is wrong or flawed
succumb (su-KUM)
to give in
intimidating (in-TI-mi-da-ding)
filling with fear or deep concern

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