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By CNN’s Wolf Blitzer
(CNN) - The Arab League took a major decision in recent days to suspend Syria from membership because of the regime's brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters. More than 3,000 people have been killed, according the United Nations and other human rights groups.
Eighteen countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, voted in favor of the measure. Two countries voted against: Lebanon and Yemen. One country – Iraq – abstained.