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Obama to step up pressure for Bashar Assad's resignation, peace in Syria

US President Barack said he will keep up international pressure for peace in Syria and an end to President Bashar Assad's regime.

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Members of the Syrian community in Yemen attend a sit-in in support of the Syrian revolution in Sanaa on January 17, 2012 (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama said he will continue to add to the international pressure against Syria's brutal crackdown against protestors after meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah, according to Al Jazeera.

"We will continue to consult very closely with Jordan to create the kind of international pressure and environment that encourages the current Syrian regime to step aside," he said Tuesday in Washington after the meeting. "Unfortunately we're continuing to see unacceptable levels of violence inside that country."

The international community has been vocally against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime but have stopped short of orchestrating military intervention as it had in Libya.

The Syrian government rejected a call from Qatar to for Arab troops to intervene in the country to end the violent crackdown on protesters and military defectors, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

"The Syrian people reject any foreign intervention in its affairs, under any title, and would confront any attempt to infringe upon Syria's sovereignty and the integrity of its territories," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Such a move would "worsen the crisis... and pave the way for foreign intervention.”

Qatar leader Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani proposed on Sunday for Arab military intervention in Syria, “some troops should go to stop the killing.” The Emir of Qatar is the first Arab leader to propose Arab military intervention.

An Arab League observer mission tasked to end the violence in Syria has largely proven unsuccessful, leading to the resignation of several monitors, Reuters reported

The presence of the Arab observers have done little to squelch the internal violence in Syria, with reports of new deaths on Tuesday ranging from 16 to 20 by various activist groups. More than 5,000 civilians have died since the government-revolt started in March.

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With the Syria mission facing a fast-approching deadline, the Arab League is scheduled to meet on Sunday to discuss the future of the monitors.

The BBC reported the organization is expected to announce Syria has failed to keep their part of the peace-plan agreement they signed last year.

Despite the tensions between Syria and the League, Assad is expected to allow the number of monitors to increase if the mission continues, but will deny them of fact-finding duties or visiting regions that are off-limits, according to Al Jazeera.

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