1. Withdrawal

    Syria Rebels Pull Out of Homs

    Members of the Free Syrian Army patrol an area in Qusayr, 15 kms (nine miles) from Homs, on January 25, 2012. The United Nations said that well over 7,500 people have been killed in the brutal Syrian crackdown amid new international demands for the Damascus government to allow humanitarian access. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images) (Newscom TagID: afplivefour320756) [Photo via Newscom]

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    Following a brutal month-long assault—and threats from the Syrian government that they would "cleanse" and "mop up" the city—rebels have fled from the opposition hub of Homs. Reuters reports that activists are calling it a "tactical withdrawal," brought on by a new show of force from the regime as well as a heavy snowfall that amplified the shortage of food and supplies for residents under seige. Meanwhile, the United Nations and the Arab League have opted to send in former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan to try to reach a peace agreement with Syria.

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