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Syria's temporary cessation of hostilities took effect at midnight Saturday, while the U.S. called it "put up or shut up" time for Russia to prove its seriousness about ending the fighting and starting a political transition.Nearly an hour before the cessation of hostilities went into effect, the United Nations Security Council unanimously demanded that all parties to the war in Syria comply with the terms of the U.S.-Russian deal. If the cessation of hostilities holds, it would be the first time international negotiations have brought any degree of quiet in Syria's 5-year-old civil war.In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country would keep hitting "terrorist organizations" in Syria even after the cessation of hostilities is implemented. Hours before a cessation of hostilities in Syria was due to start, warplanes unleashed airstrikes against rebel-held positions in the suburbs of the Syrian capital and near the northern city of Aleppo.The last barrages came as the main Syrian opposition and rebel umbrella group said dozens of factions – 97 groups in all – have agreed to abide by the cessation of hostilities.
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