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Here's What To Know About The Trump-Putin Syria Cease-Fire

Trump has speculated the truce may be the beginning of the end of the war. Many have doubts. And in fact, this cease-fire may even be leading to more violence in other parts of Syria.
The Syrian city of Daraa, heavily hit by barrel bombs and other strikes by the Assad regime, is one of the areas covered by the current cease-fire. For the past eight days, residents have had a respite from the regime's attacks. / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

President Trump is touting a newly brokered cease-fire in southwest Syria as a major foreign policy win for his White House. After years of failed peace attempts under the Obama administration, Trump has boldly speculated that the new truce could mark the beginning of the end of the war.

Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached the agreement during their July 7 meeting at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. It affects towns, villages and borderlands in three regions close to Jordan and Israel.

Last Thursday, after the guns had remained silent for a fifth day in

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