Syria demands guarantees; rebels say peace plan doomed

Smoke rises from the Al Qusoor district of HomsSyria on Sunday demanded written guarantees insurgents will stop fighting before it pulls back troops under the terms of a U.N. peace plan, and a rebel leader said the initiative was doomed. “The regime will not implement this plan. This plan will fail,” Free Syrian Army (FSA) chief Riad al-Asaad told Reuters. Escalating violence has already raised questions over the ceasefire. Opposition activists said dozens of people were killed and wounded on Sunday when President Bashar al-Assad’s loyalists shelled a rebellious area near the border with Turkey. U.N. …

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