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Obama cautious on Syria plan as opposition has yet to commit

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 01:02

U.S. President Barack Obama expresses caution about a plan to stop fighting in Syria, while the main opposition group says it supports a two-week truce to test the other side's commitment. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The battle for control rages in the town of Daraya, southwest of Damascus. This, ahead of a U.S.-Russian plan for a "cessation of hostilities" between the Syrian government and rebels... with the aim to halt fighting at midnight, Saturday. The main Syrian opposition -- the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee -- said Russia has actually STEPPED UP air strikes... But said Wednesday, it supported the idea of a temporary two-week truce to test the seriousness of the other side's commitment. U.S. President Barack Obama, too, has expressed caution about the plan: (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We are very cautious about raising expectations on this. The situation on the ground is difficult." The UN says the war has killed more than 250,000 people and left 4.5 million hard to reach with humanitarian aid. They say they hope this latest plan WILL provide breathing space for peace talks to resume.

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Obama cautious on Syria plan as opposition has yet to commit

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 01:02