US, Russia and UN say Syria fighting 'cessation' to take effect next week

February 12, 2016 8:38 AM

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Diplomats attempting to negotiate an end to Syria's bloody civil war said Thursday that they had agreed to try and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time as Russia's prime minister warned that the use of foreign ground troops in the conflict could result in world war.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed the agreement as a significant accomplishment. However, the ISIS and al Nusra Front terror groups will not be involved in the truce - and Russia has said it will be continuing its bombing campaign.

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