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>> The U.S., Russia, and Jordan have reached a ceasefire and deescalation agreement in southwestern Syria,
e of the combat zones in a six year civil war that has killed half a million people. The deal was announced after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Reuter's White House correspondent, Jeff Mason, was at the summit.>> It's probably not a coincidence that this came right at the end of that meeting. It's probably something that had been worked on in advance and Secretary Tillerson did make the announcement afterwards, and he was one of just a handful of people who were in that meeting.
>> The U.S. and Russia have backed opposite sides in Syria, Moscow supporting President, Bashar al-Assad, and the U.S. backing rebel groups opposing him with both also working to defeat Islamic State. But while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the deal was the first indication of the U.S. and Russia being able to work together, this is not the first cease fire in Syria.
>> Well, it's hard to say if there's anything different. The way that Secretary Tillerson described it, he portrayed Russia as being more interested in this happening now and and seeing some movement in Syria that would be reason to believe that this could happen. But the skeptics have plenty of evidence to suggest that agreements like this don't end up either coming to fruition or staying in place very long.
>> The ceasefire, due to take effect Sunday, does not include the heavy fighting in eastern Syria, where U.S. backed forces have been circling the main ISIS stronghold, Raqqa.