SYRIA

Assad Has Unlimited Crackdown Budget

A Syrian member of Parliament who defected to Egypt said Tuesday that president Bashar al-Assad will stop at nothing to crush the uprising movement seeking to remove him from office. “There is an open budget allocated to the crackdown on the popular uprising and revolution,” said Imad Ghalioun, according to CNN. "There is no budget for the country but only money to serve the regime's security forces and its ‘ghost hit men.’” Syria’s uprising has lasted for 10 months, and the regime’s crackdown has resulted in 5,000 deaths.