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Ceasefire Holds in Southwest Syria

A ceasefire agreement brokered by the United States and Russia was implemented in Southwestern Syria on Sunday. It appears to have held throughout Monday, despite minor violations. “The situation is relatively calm,” said Suhaib al-Ruhail, a spokesman for Alwiyat al-Furqan, a rebel faction active in al-Quneitra. Other rebel groups reported no significant fighting since the…

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Trump, Putin Meet at G20 Summit to Discuss Geopolitics

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart appeared to have a productive discussion on the sidelines of the G20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on Friday, covering issues related to a Syrian ceasefire, the conflict in Ukraine and the 2016 election, among other things. “We had a very lengthy conversation,” Putin said after the…

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Hundreds of Syrian Rebels Evacuate Homs After Reconciliation Deal

Syrian rebels and their families left the last opposition-held district of the city of Homs on Sunday, after the implementation of a reconciliation deal that will put the city back under the control of the Assad government. “The city of Homs is completely clear of weapons and militants after completing the reconciliation deal in al-Waer…

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Will U.S. Ignore Syria Ceasefire Zones?

The United States may not abide by the Syrian ceasefire implemented Saturday morning if it conflicts with American operations against the Islamic State in the country, an official said Friday. “The coalition will continue to target ISIS wherever they operate to ensure they have no sanctuary,” Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman, said at…

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Violence Slows in Syria After De-escalation Plan Takes Effect

Fighting between the Syrian government and rebel militias has slowed down in Syria since the implementation of a ceasefire plan brokered by Russia, Iran and Turkey in talks in Kazakhstan last Thursday. Implemented at midnight on Saturday, May 6, the agreement established four ceasefire zones around various rebel-held areas, including in Idlib, Hama, Latakia, and…

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