Syria

2:00am

Thu April 12, 2012
Middle East

Syrian Cease-Fire Appears To Be Holding

After months of relentless shelling and gunfire, activists in Syria reported a quieter daybreak Thursday, as a ceasefire arranged by U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan appeared to be largely holding.

Opposition figures said rebel fighters inside Syria would abide by the truce as long as the Syrian military does, while the government says its forces will return fire if attacked. Annan is hoping to progress from the cease-fire to getting humanitarian assistance into the country, and eventually to political negotiations.

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7:33am

Wed April 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Violence In Syria Reportedly Continues; Annan Seeks Help From Iran

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 9:09 am

As al-Jazeera and other news outlets report being told by activists that Syrian government forces are shelling the city of Homs and attacking and arresting opponents of President Bashar Assad in other places, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan continues to press for a true ceasefire to take effect on Thursday.

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2:38pm

Tue April 10, 2012
Middle East

Despite Deadline, No Letup In Syrian Fighting

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 3:26 pm

Syrian President Bashar Assad was supposed to pull the military out of cities by Tuesday, but more attacks were reported. Some Syrians rallied in support of Assad and his Baath Party in the capital, Damascus, on Saturday.
Bassem Tellawi AP

After more than a year of fighting in Syria, the peace plan brokered by international envoy Kofi Annan appeared to be the most serious effort yet to end the bloodletting.

But on a day when Syrian army tanks were supposed to pull back from Syrian cities, opposition groups said there were fresh attacks Tuesday in the central city of Homs and several other cities.

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5:45am

Tue April 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Syria Says It Is Pulling Troops Back, Activists Say Army Continues To Attack

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 5:58 am

At a refugee camp in Reyhanli, Turkey, on Monday, Syrians sought help and safety.
Germano Assad AP

On this day when a U.N.-brokered cease-fire was supposed to go into effect in Syria, "activists reported military attacks on two towns ... even as the government claimed its military forces have begun pulling out" of some areas, The Associated Press reports.

The BBC says:

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7:16am

Mon April 9, 2012

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