Syrian official casts doubt on planned truce

A Syrian official says a temporary truce will not stop the government and its allies from striking the Islamic State group, an al-Qaeda affiliate “and other terrorist groups.”

Omar Osso, a member of parliament who was on the Syrian negotiating team in Geneva earlier this month, said a truce might be “relatively successful” in some areas but said the government has the right to continue to combat terrorism. He told The Associated Press in Damascus that he was “not optimistic that clashes will stop because we are dealing with criminals who have hundreds of state sponsors” and various loyalties.



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