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    Breakthrough: US, Russia Agree on Syria Ceasefire Starting February 27

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    Cessation of hostilities in Syria is expected to start on Saturday, February 27, according to a joint statement issued by the US State Department.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The deadline for the ceasefire has been outlined in a draft US-Russia deal.

    "The United States and Russia, as co-chairs of the ISSG [International Syria Support Group] and ISSG Ceasefire Task Force, announce the adoption on February 22, 2016, of the Terms for a Cessation of Hostilities in Syria attached as an Annex to this statement, and propose that the cessation of hostilities commence at 00:00 (Damascus time) on February 27, 2016," the statement reads.

    Military action, including airstrikes conducted by Syria, Russia and the US-led coalition will continue against Daesh, al-Nusra Front, as well as other UN-designated terrorist groups.

    The United States and Russia have agreed to share information to effectively delineate territory occupied by terrorist groups like Daesh and al-Nusra Front, who are excluded from the Syrian cessation of hostilities.

    According to the agreement, Moscow and Washington will establish a hotline for communication to exchange information on Syria.

    "To achieve this goal [of monitoring compliance with the ceasefire] and to promote an effective and sustainable cessation of hostilities, the Russian Federation and the United States will establish a communication hotline and, if necessary and appropriate, a working group to exchange relevant information after the cessation of hostilities has gone into effect," the announced said.

    Parties engaged in the fighting in Syria should indicate whether they agree to cease hostilities not later than on February 26.

    Syrian armed opposition groups will cease attacks against the Syrian government forces, according to the deal.

    US Secretary of State John Kerry called on all parties to accept and fully comply with terms of the proposed plan.

    Earlier in the day, the Syrian Democratic Council told Sputnik it had not been informed of the cessation of hostilities plan yet.

    “We don’t have enough ideas on this question now, we are not informed about what happened exactly,” Haytham Manaa said.

    The details of a ceasefire process between the government and opposition forces in Syria have not been been agreed upon yet, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Monday.

    “The details of the [proposed] ceasefire, whose original version was finalized in Munich, are under negotiation, and they have yet to be agreed upon,” Zarif said, as quoted by the Tasnim News Agency.

    According to the media, Zarif reiterated Iran’s stance on Syria, stressing that only a political dialogue and cessation of hostilities can solve the current crisis.

    On Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry discussed ceasefire parameters in Syria during phone talks,

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting multiple Islamic opposition factions and terrorists, including Daesh and al-Nusra Front.

    The meeting of the International Syria Support Group on February 12 resulted in a final communique calling for humanitarian access to all besieged areas in Syria, and set a one-week deadline for measures to be implemented toward cessation of hostilities.

    The ISSG was formed in November 2015 shortly after the beginning of the Syria peace talks in Vienna as an international format aiming to resolve the internal crisis in Syria. The format currently involves Russia, the Arab League countries, the European Union and some of its member states, as well as China, Iran, Turkey, the United Nations and the United States.


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    • avatar
      Good that there are phones still available.
    • Terra
      Always keep your back guarded Russia, the moment the deceptive u.s see a chance they will stab you in the back just as the turkey did some time ago!
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      Randall Lee Hilburn
      The ceasefire will not hold and the US will blame Russia and their allies for its failure. They are already blaming them for delaying the ceasefire for so long. They are also continuing to blame them for starting the civil war.
    • avatar
      What ceasefire ??? Has DEASH been erased from the face of the earth ??? When DEASH was taking the northern and north-eastern parts of Syria, all westerns sold out political figures were happy and we didn't hear them calling for cease fire, but for removal of an elected president. Now that the roles have been reversed, they are quit throwing the white towel.

      Cease fire or not, Russian bombing will continue until DAESH is erased.
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      Ya today on cbc radio one (canada) 8 am world report the skank reading the lies told us that all the death and the war itself is Assad's fault. Thats the horse sh!t we have to listen to here. I dont have a telly so I can not say what is broadcast on there. I still have radio and usually have to keep it shut off because the content, not just the so called news is just so sickening. Lie after lie then more lies next hour. I hope these narrators they use choke on the money they get paid to sit there and say this stuff. Just sick.
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      Athanasiosin reply tojimbogoofball(Show commentHide comment)
      jimbogoofball, same thing in Greece. We are fed with the same lies like everyone else. Monstrous propaganda, both from private and government tv and radio channels. They are more fanatic than the Americans...
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      Someone might want to tell Turkey. Lol
    • Beady-eyed Insomniac
      So the horse trading in rebel groups has concluded. Interest will be in whether the deal has permitted the Kurds to extend themselves against isis, or did Turkey manage to keep them in check?
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      I wouldn't trust the psychopaths in Washington as far as I could throw them. They're nothing but lying murderers hell bent on world domination. They'll do anything to gain an edge because they're now backed into a corner and trapped like a wild animal they'll strike first as usual, and as usual they'll use a "cease fire" to move their armaments and soldiers into place. I'm sure Russia knows this all too well. While Washington is playing shuffle board, the Russians are playing chess. The U.S. has been taken over by a bunch of ass-clowns. It doesn't even resemble the country I grew up in.
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      copiusin reply toTerra(Show commentHide comment)
      Terra, only losers ask for ceasefire
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      The greater percentage of terrorist forces are not affected by the ceasefire and will continue to be attacked. Plus, there's conflicting areas of control where smaller groups are subsumed by al-Nursa and Daesh, so they must demarcate themselves clearly if they want to participate/not be bombed etc. We should soon see a map delineating the various groups. The major problem I see is lack of explanation that this is a very limited ceasefire that omits the main combatants, making it ripe for exploitative propaganda by the usual suspects.
    • Victor S
      Hitler must be turning in his grave right now. I doubt he ever got any offers on ceasefire when his army was losing. Is this another Minsk agreements type of scenario? A year ago it stopped successful offensive by Donbass and now this? Is Russia retreating once again, and if so, why? Did Syria agree to it too? I really hope Russia knows what it's doing.
    • FeEisi
      Failure to keep the ceasefire can be used by Turkey and Saudi Arabia to support their buffer zone in Syria. Also Obama's last day in Office will be January 2017. Russia has 11 good months left to make progress in Syria before some war hawk takes over the US presidency. I doubt Hillary Clinton (we came, we saw, he died) will make any negotiations with Russia. I think Russia will regret doing this in 2017.

      Hillary Clinton "We Came, We Saw, He Died" (Gaddafi)

      Edit: it does seem like a good idea. It will allow Russia and Syria to help Deir Ezzor.
    • avatar
      so this is C21st warfare, have a (conditional) ceasefire but continue the war...
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