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    Extremist Groups Redeploy Units to Aleppo's Northwest Amid Ceasefire in Syria

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    The extremist groups plan to block Castello road near the Syrian city of Aleppo amid nationwide ceasefire, according to a source in the city militia.

    ALEPPO (Sputnik) — The extremist groups redeploy their units to Kafr Hamrah village located to the northwest of Aleppo city amid nationwide ceasefire in Syria, a source in the city militia told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

    "Terrorists are assembling a lot of fighters in Kaft Hamrah. According to our data, they are forming assault groups," the source said.

    According to the source, additional units were redeployed from Idlib province to Aleppo city.

    "We do not know yet where the extremists plan to strike, but is its very likely that they will try to block Castello road, which is the city's northern supply route," the source added.

    On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new peace plan to address the conflict in Syria that called for a ceasefire to come into force on Monday.

    If the new ceasefire in Syria lasts for seven days, the United States and Russia will launch the joint implementation center on distinguishing between opposition forces and terrorist groups. When the distinction is made, Moscow and Washington will coordinate their airstrikes against terrorists in the specific areas that have been agreed on. The Syrian air force, meanwhile, will operate in other areas, beyond those allocated for the Russian-US cooperation.

    The next ministerial meeting on Syria is due to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 21 and is expected to become an opportunity for the resumption of the negotiations in Geneva.

    Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups.


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