Boys dive into a hole filled with water that was caused by a missile attack in rebel-held Sheikh Saeed in Aleppo province.
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Five years of failed efforts to quell the fighting in Syria have persuaded many observers that the war, inconclusive and catastrophic on a historic scale, may not be resolvable. A truce earlier this year took effect, soon started to fray, then vanished. But some things are different this week as a cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia took hold. In accepting the cease-fire, Assad vowed to recover all the land he lost in the war.Now that pretext is gone: If the current cease-fire holds for one week, the U.S. and Russia agreed to coordinate strikes against Al-Qaeda offshoots and Daesh, and Assad is to limit military operations to Daesh territory only.Assad is still allowed to strike Al-Qaeda-linked fighters during this time. But if Assad refrains from targeting other rebel groups, and the U.S. and Russia exercise their firepower judiciously, the conditions on the ground could allow for talks that Russia's Foreign Ministry says could resume as early as next month.
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