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Ceasefire Begins In Syria. Will It Bring Peace?

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The Syrian Foreign Ministry says it refuses any entry of humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo, a priority for aid agencies, unless it is coordinated through the Syrian government and United Nations -- especially aid coming from Turkey, the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency reported.
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We can only hope that this ceasefire continues. The atrocities that have happened in Syria are heart breaking to say the least. It appears to be a good thing that communication between the US and Russia helped to bring this about.
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Aid agencies stand poised to distribute much-needed assistance but say they are awaiting guarantees of security from all parties before beginning their deliveries to hundreds of thousands of desperate Syrians.
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Hours after the nationwide truce went into effect, more than a dozen rebel groups, including the Free Syrian Army (FSA) alliance, Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Islam, put out a statement that harshly criticised the agreement, calling it"unjust", but stopped short of fully rejecting it.
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A US-Russian ceasefire deal for Syria has brought relative calm to many frontlines in the war-ravaged country, but whether the agreement is a major step towards ending the war remains questionable.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the plan could reduce violence in Syria and lead to a long-sought political transition, ending more than five years of bloodshed. He called the deal a potential"turning point" in a conflict that has killed as many as 500,000 people, if complied with by Syria's Russian-backed government and U.S.-supported rebel groups.
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Under the cease-fire deal, during an initial period, all attacks are to stop except Syrian government attacks on those two jihadist groups. But the public does not know what the United States and Russia have defined as those groups’ territories — the opposition has little trust in the Syrian government or Russia, which have often applied those labels to all of Mr. Assad’s opponents.
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Kerry's negotiating partner, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, confirmed the agreement and said it could help expand the counterterrorism fight and aid deliveries to Syrian civilians. He said Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was prepared to comply.

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The Syrian army, which announced the truce at 5pm UK time, said a"regime of calm" would be applied in all of Syria - and that it reserved the right to respond using firepower against any violation by armed groups.
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The Syrian army, which announced the truce at 5pm UK time, said a"regime of calm" would be applied in all of Syria - and that it reserved the right to respond using firepower against any violation by armed groups.
You can almost guarantee there will be some rebels who don't care about a cease fire and maybe even some who don't get the cease fire notice.
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How does Israel benefit from this conflict?
They are getting 75% of their National oil requirement from war zones for as low as $10 per barrel while the whole world is paying $45-50 per barrel.
Israel’s weapons industry is doing a booming business from the Middle East conflicts.
With the use of these conflicts in Iraq and Syria ... they are planning to carve out separate States that will favor Israel and give them a continuous flow of oil. That’s why they support Kurdish groups.
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The move comes as the ceasefire in the brutal civil war appears to be holding into its second day, with one monitoring group reporting no deaths in the area covered by the US-Russia agreement.
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