17:17 GMT +321 February 2017
    A Syrian flag on a truck with a machine gun of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the town of Mhin, Syria

    Nearly 100 Rebel Groups Sign Up to Syrian Ceasefire Deal

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    The Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee(HNC) said on Friday that nearly 100 rebel groups have agreed to the recently negotiated Russian-US ceasefire in the Arab republic.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) As co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), Moscow and Washington announced a plan for a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces starting this Saturday.

    The ceasefire does not apply to Daesh jihadist group or other designated terrorist organizations, including al-Nusra Front. 

    "The HNC confirms the acceptance among the Free Syrian Army and the armed opposition to adhere to a temporary truce starting at midnight on February 27 for the duration of two weeks," the HNC said in a statement.

    The agreement was reached after "negotiations with 97 opposition groups," the committee said, without naming the exact rebel forces. 

    Earlier this week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told RIA Novosti that Russia and the United States were in talks over the preparation of the draft UN Security Council resolution. The draft will reportedly be put up for a vote on Friday.

    On Monday, the United States and Russia, the co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), announced a plan for a ceasefire between the warring parties in Syria to go into effect on Saturday, February 27. The agreement has been approved by the other 17 members of the ISSG.

    Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the army loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting several opposition factions and militant organizations, including Daesh terrorist group, which is banned in a number of countries, including Russia and the United States.


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      They are so predictably deceiving. Are these 100 "names" composed of real people with real names? It is truly unbelievable that this so called "High Negotiations Committee" is convinced they can cheat 7,500,000,000 human beings.
    • avatar
      Whomever do NOT accept the internationally recognized cease fire, , MUST be eliminated as RADICAL groups.
    • avatar
      One hundred lose people with Saudi arms return to daddy Saudi HNC, to say they are please that at least they can have some sleep without wake up in paradise. The so called FSA does not exist anymore all were killed or converted to obey blindly the Sharia. Any of these groups want to replace the secular government of Assad with the Sharia commands were chopping heads, and hands is everyday occupation like in Saudi Arabia.
    • the4huggybears
      The mechanism used to cover up what is actually going on is the fungibility of the so called "opposition" groups. The interchangeable use of the words "terrorist" or "opposition group" is also politically useful to label anyone or any group that one wishes to attack or defend.

      It is this underlying fungibility and "three card monte" labelling that enables the war to continue, regardless of any putative ceasefire, and to be used as a hot button in the ongoing propaganda conflict. Deception is at the heart of all warfare. We can never know what the real situation is.
    • drjasonsmith
      Whomever they may be they now must disarm and go to relocation areas - Or - they will be mopped up by the advancing SAA with Russian air support.
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      TRAP !!! Beware HNC is Saudi Head Choppers ..............AKA CIA/US/ISIS
    • Beady-eyed Insomniac
      Previously, the chess playing Putin had been operating on 10 fronts in Syria, which is now greatly reduced and concentration of forces and fire power can be focused on isis - excellent move by the Russians.
      The US must be steaming!
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