A nationwide truce brokered by Russia and Turkey is beginning to take hold in Syria. Despite minor violations, this may mark a potential breakthrough in the conflict. Though people welcome the ceasefire, there are also skeptical voices.
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have met in Sochi to discuss strategy in Syria. Meanwhile, some parts of the Syrian opposition forces met in Saudi Arabia ahead of UN-backed peace talks.
Syrian Kurdish fighters have cleared the "Islamic State" from parts of eastern Deir el-Zour province, with US and Russian support. The move comes as the US is considering adjusting support to the YPG militia.
Russia's military plans to reduce its involvement in Syria this year as it nears the completion of its goals there, chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov has said. Two Russian bases are to remain.
With Moscow's backing, the Syrian government has agreed to a ceasefire in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. But as another round of UN talks prepare to start in Geneva, heavy shelling in the area killed three on Tuesday.
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