It's Syria's best hope for peace in years: For now, a UN-backed ceasefire that came into effect at midnight seems to be largely holding. Should it prove successful, peace talks would resume on March 7, says UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Syrian regime forces and moderate rebels have agreed to a ceasefire north of the city of Homs. The "de-escalation" zone created there will be monitored by Russian troops, and is the third of four planned "safe" areas.
A partial ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia appears to have held in southwestern Syria. Government and opposition delegations holding a seventh round of UN-sponsored talks in Geneva.
A ceasefire is reported to be holding in three Syrian provinces with no air strikes or clashes reported. The United States, Russia and Jordan reached the 'de-escalation agreement.'
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