Syrian activists say troop withdrawal is a sham

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05 Jan 2012 01:00

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By Erika Solomon and Mariam Karouny

BEIRUT, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Opposition activists say Syrian authorities are breaking their promises to withdraw troops from the streets of strife-torn towns, contradicting statements by Arab League peace monitors that government forces have pulled back.

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