Mideast Syria

April 16, 2012 - 7:36 AM
Moroccan Col. Ahmed Himmiche, foreground, is flanked by other U.N. observers as he talks to journalists before leaving the Sheraton Hotel in Damascus, Syria, Monday, April 16, 2012. An advance team of U.N. observers on Monday was working out with Syrian officials the ground rules for monitoring the country's 5-day old cease-fire, which appeared to be rapidly unraveling as regime forces pounded the opposition stronghold of Homs with artillery shells and mortars, activists said. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)