Events on the Ground in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #21 (April 3)

Latest News Reports and Opinion

Neil MacFarquhar and Rick Gladstone, “Syria Agrees to Troop Withdrawal, Annan Says,” New York Times April 3, 2012.

“Assad lässt Soldaten weiter schießen, Skepsis nach angekündigter Waffenruhe: Bewaffnete Aufständische in Damaskus; Die Hoffnung auf ein Ende der Kämpfe in Syrien ist fast wieder verflogen. Keine 24 Stunden, nachdem Assad einer Waffenruhe ab dem 10. April zugestimmt hat, gehen die Kämpfe weiter; Aktivisten melden 55 Tote,” Der Spiegel, 3 Abril 2012.

AFP, “Nouveaux combats en Syrie dans les villes rebelles,” Libération, 3 april 2012.

Albert Aji (AP), “Syrian troops start pullout,” The Daily Star, April 3, 2012 (09:09 PM).

Chris Ervine (and agencies), “Syria: Bashar al-Assad’s uncle Rifaat says he will not hold on to power for much longer; Rifaat al-Assad, the exiled uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has said it is unlikely his nephew can hold on to power for much longer,” The Telegraph, April 3, 2012 (10″41 AM BST).

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