NEARLY 100 REBELS SIGN UP TO SYRIAN CEASEFIRE DEAL

MOSCOW — The Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee(HNC) said on Friday that nearly 100 rebel groups have agreed to the recently negotiated Russian-US ceasefire in the Arab republic.

As co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), Moscow and Washington announced a plan on Monday for a ceasefire between Syrian government and rebel forces starting this Saturday. The ceasefire does not apply to the Islamic State jihadist group or other designated terrorist organizations, including the Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate.

“The HNC confirms the acceptance among the Free Syrian Army and the armed opposition to adhere to a temporary truce starting at midnight on February 27 for the duration of two weeks,” the HNC said in a statement.

The agreement was reached after “negotiations with 97 opposition groups,” the committee said, without naming the exact rebel forces. PNA/Sputnik/ northboundasia.com