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Key points in US-Russia truce deal on Syria

A Syria ceasefire deal agreed by the United States and Russia could mark a "turning point"in the five-year conflict if implemented, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday.
The accord, which is to come into force on Monday on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, aims to freeze fighting between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the armed opposition.

Here are the main points of the agreement, which could also see the first joint military campaign by the two powers against jihadists, according to Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

- The Syrian regime is to refrain from fighting in areas where "moderate" rebels are deployed, as opposed to areas with the presence of Fateh al-Sham Front, which changed its name from Al-Nusra Front after renouncing ties with Al-Qaeda. READ MORE