Saturday, July 8, 2017

U.S., Russia reach deal on Syria cease-fire


At USA Today

A cease-fire agreement reached Friday between the United States and Russia is intended to quell fighting in southwest Syria and allow anti-government rebels there to focus on the Islamic State, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

Tillerson announced the cease-fire as President Trump held his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin here at the Group of 20 summit.

Tillerson said the agreement, if it holds, may be a blueprint for other parts of the country. “This area in the south is our first show of success. We hope we can replicate that elsewhere,” he said.

The deal marks a new level of involvement for the U.S. in trying to resolve Syria’s civil war, which pits forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iranian allies against rebel forces seeking to impose a brutal Islamic rule.

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