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After discussing a new peace initiative with President Assad, UN envoy Kofi Annan continued to Iran where he said Iran "must be part of the solution." He also met with Prime Minister Maliki in Iraq. Russia proposed hosting new talks and said it would sell no new weapons to Syria until the situation in the country had stabilized.
Syria held military exercises to simulate defending the country against outside aggression. The UN envoy said President Assad had agreed to a new framework for ending violence. Russia said it would halt new arms sales to Syria.
UN envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged that diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the violence in Syria had failed. Government artillery fired shells across the border into Lebanon; rebels had crossed the border seeking refuge. Government forces attempted to regain control of rebel-held territory in Aleppo.
A general in the elite Republican Guard who is a member of President Assad's inner circle defected and fled the country. Government forces attacked the northern town of Khan Sheikhoun. The Friends of Syria group, meeting in Paris, called for more sanctions.
Opposition political groups meeting in Cairo agreed to a transition plan and to support the Free Syrian Army, but failed to form a unified representative body. The Al Nusra Front claimed responsibility for bombing a pro-government TV station. Hezbollah and Iran would fight alongside the Assad regime if it was attacked by foreign forces.
President Assad expressed regret over shooting down a Turkish jet. Turkey scrambled fighter jets for a third day after Syrian helicopters flew near to the Turkey-Syrian border. Eighty-five Syrian soldiers defected to Turkey. A Human Rights Watch report said the Syrian intelligence agencies were running torture centers across the country.
At an international conference, a compromise agreement was reached for a UN-backed political transition, but no agreement was reached on the fate of President Assad. Syrian opposition groups rejected the plan, while Assad rejected any external solution. Government forces renewed their offensives around the country.