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The Syrian government said Thursday the success of a U.N. bid to freeze fighting in Aleppo hinged on whether foreign states that back the insurgents can get them to comply, and that no time frame had been set for the proposed cease-fire.Pursuing a truce in the northern city of Aleppo, U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said Tuesday that Damascus was willing to suspend aerial bombardment and artillery shelling so a local cease-fire could be tested in the city, where both jihadis and other insurgents are battling the army and allied forces.The battle for Aleppo, Syria's most populous city when the uprising began, is one of the longest lasting of the war.Zoubi said the army was making progress throughout Syria, including in eastern areas where ISIS expanded last year after seizing the Iraqi city of Mosul.
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