BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:25 A.M.) – The Russian and Turkish governments agreed to terms of a nationwide ceasefire in Syria on Wednesday, marking the first time during this war that the two foreign powers have put together a peace plan to end the violence.
Based on the details of this plan, the nationwide ceasefire will begin at midnight on December 29th and will include all areas that do not have a jihadist presence.
Specifically, the ceasefire will not be implemented in areas where the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) and Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front) are present.
Turkey, who facilitated the entry of these jihadist groups in Syria, has agreed to allow the Russian and Syrian forces to continue their military operations against ISIS and Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham, per this latest ceasefire deal.
Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham began apprehending Turkish-backed rebels returning from the Euphrates Shield offensive in northeastern Aleppo this week, giving no reason for their arbitrary arrests.
In return for Turkey’s compliance, the Syrian government will organize aid convoys to deliver humanitarian assistance to civilians in the besieged towns of Madaya and Al-Zabadani.