n a rare moment of agreement, Iran has joined Turkey in declaring support for a new cease-fire proposal in Syria. Lakhdar Brahimi, who replaced Kofi Annan as the United Nations-Arab League special envoy, is pushing a temporary halt to the fighting as an initial small step toward resolving the conflict. The 19 months of clashes between the Syrian government and the opposition have left more than 20,000 dead and threaten to spill over the country's borders, drawing in Turkey and other neighbors, Brahimi warns.
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