July 7, 2017 2:00 pm
Updated: July 7, 2017 3:12 pm

U.S., Russia reach ceasefire deal in Syria

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The United States and Russia have reached an agreement for a ceasefire in southwest Syria, officials say.

The ceasefire is set to take effect July 9 at 12 p.m. Damascus time. Word of the cease-fire has emerged as President Donald Trump is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The officials weren’t authorized to discuss the ceasefire publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The deal marks a new level of involvement for the U.S. in trying to resolve Syria’s civil war.

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A separate deal to create “de-escalation zones” was brokered Russia, Turkey and Iran, but not the U.S. Follow-up talks this week in Kazakhstan to finalize a cease-fire in those zones failed to reach a deal.

The U.S. and Russia have been backing opposing sides in Syria’s war.

© 2017 The Canadian Press

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