Syria's Assad agrees to truce in city of Aleppo, U.N. envoy says

February 18, 2015 4:57 PM

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The Syrian government of President Bashar Assad is willing to suspend bombardment of opposition-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo for six weeks as part of a renewed diplomatic push in the war-ravaged nation, according to the special United Nations envoy to Syria.

Speaking to reporters in New York, Staffan de Mistura, the U.N. mediator, said Damascus had agreed to a six-week pause in aerial and shelling attacks on Aleppo, which has been divided between rebel and government control for more than 2 1/2 years. In return, he said, the opposition would be asked to...

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