UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura holds up a map of Syria during a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, southern Germany, on Feb. 12, 2016. AFP / Christof STACHE
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A U.N.-backed ceasefire deal took hold across parts of Syria Saturday, bringing relative calm to areas where ISIS and Al-Qaeda's local affiliate are not present.Under the deal, a halt in fighting will take place in Damascus and most of its suburbs, the southern province of Deraa, and parts of Aleppo and Homs provinces, according to a government source and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group. The ceasefire will likely only come into effect in the northern parts of Homs province around the emblematic rebel towns of Rastan, Talbiseh, and Houleh.Only a handful of towns are likely to fall under the ceasefire deal, including the town of Latamina, where rebels are dominant.
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