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U.S. and Russia Announce Ceasefire for Syria After Trump-Putin Meeting

On Friday, as President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the U.S. State Department confirmed the two sides had reached a ceasefire agreement in Syria. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called it, “the first indication of the U.S. and Russia being able to work together in Syria.”

Turkish soldiers stand in a Turkish army tank driving back to Turkey from the Syrian-Turkish border town of Jarabulus on September 2, 2016 in the Turkish-Syrian border town of Karkamis

Assad Brands Foreign Troops ‘Invaders,’ Complains Trump Is Not Talking to Him

In an interview with China’s Phoenix TV transcribed by Syria’s SANA News, President Bashar Assad complained about foreign “invaders” operating on Syrian soil without his permission and said that while he hopes for cooperation with the new U.S. administration, he has not communicated with President Donald Trump yet.

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Syria Peace Talks Begin in Kazakhstan Without a U.S. Delegation

The Syrian peace talks brokered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran have begun in Kazakhstan. The United States does not have a delegation at the talks, although the Kazakh government did send an invitation, with the support of Russia and Turkey (but most definitely not Iran).

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Iran Says U.S. Not Welcome at Syria Peace Talks

The post-Obama power axis in the Middle East continues taking shape. On Tuesday, President Obama’s respected negotiating partners in Tehran declared the U.S. would not be welcome at Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan next week.

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U.N. Human Rights Chief: Siege of Aleppo ‘Crimes of Historic Proportions’

On Friday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of Jordan, called the siege and bombing of Aleppo by Russian and Syrian forces “crimes of historic proportions,” described the besieged city as a “slaughterhouse,” and called for prosecution by the International Criminal Court.

Syrians carry a wounded child in the rubble of buildings following a barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on August 25, 2016

U.S., Russia Extend Syrian ‘Cessation of Hostilities’ to Aleppo

Despite the much-touted “cessation of hostilities” agreement in Syria, which was supposed to halt attacks from all parties except ISIS and al-Qaeda, furious battles between rebels and Syrian government forces continue to inflict heavy casualties in the strategically vital city of Aleppo.

SYRIA, ALEPPO : Syrian emergency personnel secure a street after rockets reportedly fired by rebels hit Al-Dabbeet hospital in the government-controlled neighbourhood of Muhafaza in the northern city of Aleppo on May 3, 2016. The rebel fire on the hospital killed at least three women and wounded another 17 people, …

Russia Threatens to Attack Syrian Cease-Fire Violators

Russia has warned it may take unilateral action against violations of the cease-fire agreement in Syria, accusing the United States of failing to develop plans to enforce the agreement and punish violations.

Document reference2807681Object name2807681Creation date2016-03-15CreditRIA NOVOSTISourceRIA NOVOSTIBylineVADIM GRISHANKINFile size / Pixels / dpi17.17 MB / 3000 X 2000 / 300 DPI Syria : 2807681 03/15/2016 A Sukhoi Su-25 ground-attack plane of the Russian Aerospace Forces prepares to depart from the Hmeimim airbase in Syria for its permanent location in Russia. Vadim …

101 Years Ago Today, Christmas Truce Halted World War I

One hundred and one years ago, the Christmas Truce of 1914 was a spontaneous cease-fire and a day of Christian brotherhood for both sides of the No Man’s Land along the Western Front. The event was kept secret by senior military officers and government censors as an embarrassing breakdown in military discipline.

Originally published in The Illustrated London News, January 9, 1915. The Illustrated London News's illustration of the Christmas Truce: "British and German Soldiers Arm-in-Arm Exchanging Headgear: A Christmas Truce between Opposing Trenches" The subcaption reads "Saxons and Anglo-Saxons fraternising on the field of battle at the season of peace and …

Yemen Cease Fire Instantly Violated by Saudi Airstrikes, Houthi Shelling

The much-touted seven-day cease fire in Yemen began on Tuesday afternoon and lasted maybe an hour, before there were reports of both Saudi warplanes dropping bombs on Houthi insurgents, and the Houthis shelling a loyalist stronghold. Naturally, each side blames the other for breaking the agreement.

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