Syrian cease fire appears dead as fighting rages

Rick Moran
With the cease fire deadline 24 hours away, it doesn't look like President Assad - or the rebels - have any intention to stop fighting. Clashes spilled over into Turkey, as fears that the war would widen appear to be justified. Reuters: Syria's conflict spilled over into Turkey on Monday and government forces battled rebel fighters near the border in clashes that appeared to doom a ceasefire less than 24 hours before a U.N.-brokered deadline for a Syrian army pull-back. Under a deal brokered by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, Syria is to begin withdrawing troops from around urban centers by Tuesday, paving the way for a truce to start 48 hours later. But the prospect of a ceasefire looked increasingly dim, with no let-up in violence around the country where forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have battled to crush a popular revolt against his rule for more than a year. In a last-minute move, Assad has demanded written guarantees from opposition fighters that they put down...(Read Full Post)

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