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Russian President Claims Ceasefire Reached to Halt Syria Fighting

HeadlinesDec 29, 2016

In breaking news, Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that Syria’s government has agreed to a ceasefire with rebels, set to begin at midnight tonight. Putin said Russia and Turkey would guarantee terms of the truce and that the deal excludes fighters with ISIS, the self-proclaimed Islamic State. It was not immediately clear which of the dozens of rebel groups fighting the regime of President Bashar al-Assad would take part in any truce. Claims of a truce came as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 40 people, including children, were killed in airstrikes targeting rebel-held suburbs of Damascus. Amateur video purports to show the aftermath of the attacks, with children and adults seen fleeing through smoke-filled streets.

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