• Syria declares 72-hour ceasefire during Eid

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    DAMASCUS: The Syrian army said on Wednesday it was observing a 72-hour ceasefire across the country for the holidays marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The announcement did not say if the truce extends to jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group or Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front, but a security source said they were apparently excluded. As fighting continued on the ground, especially in second city Aleppo, some rebel groups said they would respect the truce although they doubted the seriousness of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. The Kremlin said later that Russian President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart Barack Obama agreed in a telephone call to “intensify” military cooperation in the war-torn country.

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