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Syria truce starts but hopes are low

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>> A week long cease fire begins. And not a moment too soon for Syria. That should allow aid convoys to reach war ravaged areas like Aleppo. But just before dusk, when the truce brokered by Russia and the United States came into effect, another airstrike. Two more people killed.
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This amateur video showing the alleged aftermath of a Syrian army bombardment of Aleppo. Reuters correspondent Tom Miles has been following the ceasefire talks in Geneva.>> If the ceasefire holds, the Russians and the Americans would start jointly targeting banned groups. Everybody else would be subject to a ceasefire.
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And crucially, what US Secretary of State John Kerry says is the bedrock of the agreement. The Syrian air force would be largely grounded and would have to stop bombing opposition areas.>> Rebel groups will take some convincing, though. They say aid plans are too focused on Aleppo and neglect other war torn areas.
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They also wonder how airstrikes can distinguish between different fighters.>> Many of the opposition fighters are working very closely with what is essentially an Al-Qaeda linked opposition group. Used to be called Al-Nusra Front. It's re-branded and it is now called Jabat Fati Al-Sham. And the Americans say this group is a fair target, it's fair game and we're gonna go after them, so we're gonna bomb them.
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And, of course, for the opposition fighters who are essentially in the same trenches and the same operations room, they have a big problem with this.>> If the ceasefire fails, there's no plan B, probably just more fighting. And U.S. politics don't help. With an election looming, Washington isn't well placed to hold more talks.
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That might have to wait until a new president is sworn in next year. By then, a lot more Syrians will have died.