Syrian US-Russia Deal Cease-Fire Will Begin at Sunset

The new Syrian cease-fire, brokered by Russia and the United States, is expected to begin Monday evening. Itโ€™s still unclear if rebel factions, who have expressed reservations about the agreement, will abide by the deal. In a rare public appearance, President Bashar al-Assad attended prayers at a mosque Monday in a newly surrendered Damascus suburb on Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday. In a defiant statement broadcast on state-run TV, Assad said his government is determined to โ€œreclaim every area from the terrorists.โ€ Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to the cease-fire in Geneva over the weekend. It stipulates an initial โ€œpauseโ€ in fighting between all sides in order to make way for humanitarian aid. Eventually, according to the complex deal, the U.S. and Russia would coordinate airstrikes against militants inside the country.