1. OVER?

    Syria Declares Victory Over Revolt

    In this photo taken on a government-organized tour for the media, Syrian citizens pass by a Syrian government army tank, in one of several suburbs of Damascus that saw heavy fighting between troops and defectors before Assad's forces retook the areas in late January, in Harasta suburb, Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday Feb. 15, 2012. Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered a referendum for later this month on a new constitution that would allow political parties other than his ruling Baath Party, the centerpiece of reforms he has promised to ease the crisis, even as the Syrian military on Wednesday besieged rebellious areas. (AP Photo/Muzaffar Salman)

    Muzaffar Salman / AP Photo

    The Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad has declared "victory" over a year-long revolt, saying on Saturday that it will begin withdrawing the Army. This came after Assad agreed to a peace plan proposed by United Nations special envoy Kofi Annan. But Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdessi claimed that the military remain in opposition cities "in a state of self-defense and protecting civilians" and will only gradually pull out "once peace and security is restored." Meanwhile, activists say fresh violence claimed more lives in the country.

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