A "new stage"? Syrian violence spills into Lebanon and Turkey

Conflict in Syria burst into neighboring Lebanon and Turkey on Monday, with one Lebanese cameraman killed and at least four people injured in fighting on the Syria-Turkey border.

The attacks, on the eve of a deadline under a fading U.N.-backed deal for ­Syrian troops to withdraw from cities and cease hostilities amid a widespread uprising, risked bringing the Syrian conflict to what the Turkish government called a “new stage.”…

“I think we can expect more violence along the borders. I think that’s going to be the new normal,” said Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Doha Center in Qatar. “The more refugees there are trying to escape, the more skirmishes there will be.”…

Administration officials have expressed hope that Assad’s failure to comply with the Annan agreement will persuade Russia and China, which vetoed previous Security Council resolutions, to change their minds. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem arrived in Moscow on Monday for a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.