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After five years of blood-letting between a wide array of splinter groups, governments, and terrorists a temporary truce has been enacted in Syria:
In the run-up to the midnight (22:00 GMT) deadline, US President Barack Obama warned the Syrian government and Russia “the world will be watching”.
Russian jets were reported to have intensified attacks on Syrian rebel positions on Friday.
Meanwhile, the UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has announced that peace talks will resume on 7 March if the truce “largely holds”.
The UN Security Council also unanimously adopted a resolution drafted by the US and Russia that endorsed the truce agreement.
The pause in warfare is between government and nearly 100 rebel factions, but does not include ISIS or Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate the Al Nusra Front. The question is, will a cease fire hold until March 7 — or even through the weekend?Published in