he U.N. is yanking all of its monitors out of Syria, citing escalating violence and President Bashar al-Assad's lack of adherence to an April 12 ceasefire brokered by Kofi Annan. The U.N. had as many as 300 monitors in Syria, but will now suspend all of its activities in the war-ravaged nation. "There has been an intensification of armed violence across Syria over the past 10 days," said Gen. Robert Mood, head of the U.N. mission in Syria. "This escalation is limiting our ability to observe, verify, report as well as assist in local dialogue and stability projects, basically impeding our ability to carry out our mandate."
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