Syria: We Are Removing Troops

    ALEPPO, SYRIA - APRIL 09:  Rebels of the Free Syrian Army run for cover from exploding shells fired by government tanks that have advanced into Saraquib city on April 9, 2012 in Syria. Conitnuing violence in northern Syria between government forces and rebels is putting plans for a UN-brokered Syria ceasefire on Tuesday in jeopardy. (Photo by John Cantlie/Getty Images)

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    The Syrian government said on Tuesday that it has begun to remove troops as the United Nations’ deadline for a ceasefire draws closer—but activists said 12 people had been killed by government forces early Tuesday. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said that the government had already withdrawn forces and Army units, although even Russia—one of Syria’s few allies left—said Bashar al-Assad’s government could have implemented the ceasefire better. The ceasefire, brokered by U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan, is seen as the last hope to avoid an all-out civil war.

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