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Fragile Syrian Cease-fire Holds Despite Renewed Aggression Claims

The cease-fire in Syria appears fragile as government forces escalated their attacks near the capital of Damascus and a coalition of rebel groups said they would suspend their participation in preliminary peace talks set for later this month. The negotiations are scheduled to be in the capital of Kazakhstan but the rebels said they are withdrawing due to what they said is the Syrian government's violation of the cease-fire agreement, which was reached on December 30. "As these...

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