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The ceasefire deal led by the United States and Russia on Sunday aimed to stop hostilities between the Syrian government and rebel factions. Syria’s second largest rebel group, Ahrar Al-Sham, has rejected the deal.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed to regain control of the entire country, just hours before an internationally brokered truce was due to start. The strongman added some of his opponents still clung to “fantasies.”
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has endorsed a plan put forward by Syrian opposition groups for a political transition to end the war. About 100,000 Syrians have been displaced by fighting in recent days.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Russian President Vladimir Putin as part of an effort to salvage the stalled Syria peace process. The pair discussed cooperation against Islamic State and other militant groups.
Syrian government promises to repair all destroyed historic sites in city
By James M. Dorsey Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s political fortunes are looking up on more than one battlefield. Even as Russian military intervention appears to have given Al-Assad’s government a new lease on life, sending its football team out to play World Cup qualifying matches allows it to project an image of normality, despite four …
“The Syrian lira is the only currency” allowed in business and commerce
Rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and machineguns have all been used in six days of clashes in the port city, in the deadliest violence to rock the country for years.