US, Russia seal Syria cease-fire, new military partnership

Kerry & Lavrov10/09/2016 (Ahram online – Egypt): The United States and Russia early Saturday announced a breakthrough agreement on Syria that foresees a nationwide cease-fire starting on Monday, followed a week later by an unexpected new military partnership targeting the Islamic State and al-Qaida as well as the establishment of new limits on President Bashar Assad’s forces. After a daylong final negotiating session in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said shortly after midnight Saturday that 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…

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/243730/World/Region/US,-Russia-seal-Syria-ceasefire,-new-military-part.aspx

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