Monitors for the United Nations, who were sent to Syria four months ago to help end the bloody conflict, have left after failing their mission. Several U.N. vehicles were seen leaving Damascus on Monday. The observers, sent to oversee a ceasefire between President Bashar al-Assad and rebels, suspended their operations in June after coming under attack. "Our mission failed because the two sides did not abide by their commitments," said one U.N. observer.
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