Daily Archives: April 8, 2012

Syria suggests it might not withdraw forces by deadline

Government wants assurances rebel groups will put down arms. Syria will not commit to pulling its forces from cities only to have “armed terrorist groups” attack, a Syrian foreign ministry spokesman said Sunday as opposition activists reported at least 69 … Continue reading

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McManus: A ticking clock on Syria

By: Doyle McManus Intervention is likely, and the United States won’t wait as long as it did in Bosnia. The interventionist liberals of the Obama administration were a doleful bunch last week. It was the 20th anniversary of the siege … Continue reading

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Syria peace plan in jeopardy over regime demands

DAMASCUS – A peace plan for Syria was in jeopardy Monday after a rebel commander rejected fresh conditions from the government for a pullout of regime troops from protest hubs amid a new spike in violence. Under a peace deal … Continue reading

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Truce plan collapses in Syria, fighting escalates

A U.N.-brokered plan to stop the bloodshed in Syria effectively collapsed Sunday after President Bashar Assad’s government raised new, last-minute demands that the country’s largest rebel group swiftly rejected. The truce plan, devised by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, was … Continue reading

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Turkey may take ‘steps’ after Syria deadline

Turkey’s prime minister has said the country will wait “patiently” to see if Syria abides by a cease-fire deadline, but may take certain “steps” if the violence does not stop after that. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan did not specify Saturday what … Continue reading

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Syria Eyewitness: Beaten and burnt… a family’s tale of torture

Ahmed blinks away the tears as he recounts his family’s ordeal. His hands, frail and trembling, roll up his trousers to show the bruises on his knees where they first beat him with sticks. Then he lifts his shirt to … Continue reading

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Syria: Violence increases before ceasefire

The Syrian military appears to have ignored a United Nations-brokered ceasefire as it increases its attacks. NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin reports.

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Syria rebel chief vows to respect Annan plan

BEIRUT, Lebanon – The head of the rebel Free Syrian Army said Sunday his fighters will respect a six-point UN plan to cease fire but refused to hand over any guarantees to the Syrian regime. “We are committed to the … Continue reading

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France denounces Syria’s latest demands as ‘unacceptable’

PARIS, France – France denounced as “unacceptable” a Syrian demand for guarantees from armed rebels before it would pull back its troops from protest hubs, in a strongly worded foreign ministry statement Sunday. “France forcefully condemns the continuing massacres perpetrated … Continue reading

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A surge in Syrian refugees to Turkey

ANTAKYA, Turkey – Senior officials in Ankara expressed their fear that their country could be inundated with Syrian refugees if Kofi Annan’s plan fails. The internationally backed cease-fire, which has set April 10 as the deadline for a truce, calls … Continue reading

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