A Syrian girl makes her way through debris following airstrikes in Hammuriyeh in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
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Major powers agreed Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with bombing in support of its ally President Bashar Assad, who vowed to fight until he regained full control of the country. Although billed as a potential breakthrough, the "cessation of hostilities" agreement does not take effect for a week, at a time when Assad's government is poised to win its biggest victory of the war with the backing of Russian air power. If implemented, the deal hammered out at five hours of late night talks in Munich would allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged towns. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that if the peace plan fails, more foreign troops could enter the war.Those two victories would reverse years of insurgent gains, effectively ending the rebels' hopes of dislodging Assad through force.Assad said he believed Saudi Arabia and Turkey were planning to invade his country. Russia has said Saudi ground troops would make the war endless.
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