Mideast Syria

August 20, 2011 - 4:30 AM
A supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad with Assad's portrait on his t-shirt shouts slogans, as he protests to show his solidarity to his president, in Damascus, Syria, on Friday Aug. 19, 2011. Assad, who inherited power from his father in 2000, is facing the most serious international isolation of his rule. On Thursday, the United States and its European allies demanded he step down. Syrian security forces killed at least 20 protesters Friday despite promises by President Bashar Assad that the military operations against the 5-month-old uprising are over. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)