Syria demands guarantees; rebels say peace plan doomed

A boy flashes a victory sign during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in KafranbelBEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria 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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