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Calm Prevails in Syria Despite Some Cease-Fire Breaches



    Calm Prevails in Syria Despite Some Cease-Fire Breaches
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    Syrian government forces drive a tank on a road during a military operation against the Islamic State (IS) group in the villages of Zarour and Khanaser, in the Aleppo governorate, on February 26, 2016. With the ceasefire due to take effect at 2200 GMT, US President Barack Obama has warned Damascus and key ally Moscow that the "world will be watching". Both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the main opposition body have agreed to the deal -- which allows fighting to continue against the Islamic State group and other jihadists.

    Fighting mostly stopped across western and northern Syria on Saturday under a cessation of hostilities which the United Nations called the best hope for peace since civil war began five years ago.

    Under the U.S.-Russian accord accepted by President Bashar al-Assad's government and many of his enemies, fighting should cease so aid can reach civilians and talks can open to end a war that has killed more than 250,000 people and made 11 million homeless.

    Russia, which says it intends to continue strikes against areas held by Islamist fighters that are not covered by the truce, said it would suspend all flights over Syria for the day on Saturday to ensure no wrong targets were hit by mistake. 

    A Syrian rebel commander said government shelling had stopped in some parts of Syria but continued elsewhere in what he described as a violation that could wreck the agreement.