Deadline passes for Syrian forces to pull out from cities

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A deadline for Syrian troops to withdraw from cities came and went Tuesday morning, but opposition activists say regime’s onslaught rages on.

One activist in the besieged city of Homs said fresh shelling rained on two neighborhoods late Tuesday morning.

“Tanks hitting those areas remain in al-Qusoor neighborhood. So there is not a tank that pulled out from there,” said the opposition activist, identified only as Omar for safety reasons.

Hours before the deadline, reports of mounting carnage left some world leaders doubtful of the regime’s promises.

“Should the Syrian government yet again refuse to implement its commitments, make promises and then break them and continue and escalate the killing, then I think it will be clear to all that there isn’t yet prospect for diplomatic solution,” Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday. “We still hope that that’s possible, we still want to give that a…

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