Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at the 2010 Arab League Summit: With escalating atrocities in Syria it seems clear that Assad isn't willing to stand by a peace plan.
Syrian rebels fell back from the strategic prize of Aleppo late Tuesday, giving back some of the gains from their successful recent offensive against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "We have retreated; get out of here," a lone rebel fighter told Reuters. The setback came as rebel groups stepped up complaints that they feel abandoned by the U.S., because it has declined to offer Syrian pro-democracy revolutionaries more direct support.
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