Arab team prepares Syria mission after deadly assault

BEIRUT - Arab League officials arrive in Syria on Thursday to prepare for monitors overseeing an Arab peace plan, after activists said President Bashar Assad's forces carried out the deadliest assault in their nine-month crackdown on protests.
Events in Syria are hard to verify because authorities, who say they are battling terrorists who have killed more than 1,100 soldiers and police, have banned most independent reporting.
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