Syria government approves US-Russia truce deal

Syria’s government approved a ceasefire deal brokered by its Russian ally and the US, but the main opposition group was more cautious.

Syrian state news agency SANA reported that the “government has approved the agreement, and a cessation of hostilities will begin in Aleppo for humanitarian reasons”.

Citing “informed sources”, it said “the entire agreement was reached with the knowledge of the Syrian government”.

The opposition High Negotiations Committee said it had yet to receive the deal’s “official” text.

The landmark deal, reached after marathon talks in Geneva on Friday, could also lead to the first joint military operations by Moscow and Washington against jihadists.