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HomeNewsWorldCeasefire in Syria Set to Begin at Midnight, But Challenges Remain

Ceasefire in Syria Set to Begin at Midnight, But Challenges Remain

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, looks on, at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia. For five years fighting has raged in Syria -- a globally resonant nightmare kept going in part by the insistence of Bashar Assad’s opponents that he must go even though they were failing to dislodge him from power. Now an inflection point may finally be at hand, with increasingly important Turkey suggesting Assad could play a role in an unspecified transition period. (Photo: Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, looks on, at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia. For five years fighting has raged in Syria -- a globally resonant nightmare kept going in part by the insistence of Bashar Assad’s opponents that he must go even though they were failing to dislodge him from power. Now an inflection point may finally be at hand, with increasingly important Turkey suggesting Assad could play a role in an unspecified transition period. (Photo: Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 20, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, looks on, at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia. For five years fighting has raged in Syria — a globally resonant nightmare kept going in part by the insistence of Bashar Assad’s opponents that he must go even though they were failing to dislodge him from power. Now an inflection point may finally be at hand, with increasingly important Turkey suggesting Assad could play a role in an unspecified transition period. (Photo: Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sign on to an agreement with the rebels in Syria that will take effect at midnight, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. The two warring Muslim factions have agreed to a new ceasefire brokered by Russia, who backs Shiite President al-Assad, and Turkey, who backed the Sunni rebels.

Turkish officials are pushing for a complete withdrawal of Hezbollah from the country as part of the talks. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed a desire to involve fellow-Sunni nations Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the peace talks, two nations who have funded Sunni terror groups like ISIS and al Qaeda in the past. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Egypt would likely join the talks, and Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Jordan could eventually be included as well.

President Putin said he plans to reduce the Russian military footprint in the country and that Assad and the rebels would hold peace talks in Kazakhstan, but he did not announce a date.

Still, big challenges still remain in the nation and the region. For starters, it isn’t at all clear which rebel group, if any, have signed on to the deal, which makes no mention of what constitutes a violation of the ceasefire.

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    Rebel terrorists wont allow ceasefire to hold & Western MSM will blame Syrian Army & Russia. MSM has lied to us about Syria

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