Syria demands new guarantees to pull back troops

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 that insurgents will stop fighting before it pulls back troops under the terms of a peace plan, casting additional doubt over a truce due to start this week. 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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