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      Archive: 10/15/2011

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        10/15/2011, Tishrei 17, 5772

      Assad Kills Prominent Pro-Democracy Activist

      Syrian government troops on Saturday shot dead a prominent activist in eastern Syria who helped organize peaceful demonstrations in the region after a military crackdown two months ago.

      Ziad al-Obeidi, 42, was killed as he fled from security police who stormed his home in the provincial capital of Deir al-Zor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.