Syria Clashes Continue as Government Claims Troop Pullout


Syrian forces have launched fresh military operations just hours after the government said it had started to withdraw troops from some cities in compliance with an international cease-fire plan.

Activists said Wednesday tanks were storming and shelling several towns and villages. They said the operations were ongoing “from the Turkish border in the northeast to Daraa in the south.”

Several neighborhoods in the central city of Homs, a bastion of dissent against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's rule, were under attack.

The assaults took place despite Mr. Assad's agreeing to an April 10 deadline to implement a peace plan brokered by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. The plan requires government forces to withdraw from towns and cities and observe a cease-fire. Rebel fighters are to immediately follow by ceasing all violence.

Also Wednesday, Russian Foreign..

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