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Russia-U.S. ceasefire deal holding in southwest Syria

Russia-U.S. ceasefire deal holding in southwest Syria | 09 July 2017 | A Russia-U.S. brokered ceasefire for southwest Syria held through the day, a monitor and rebels said on Sunday, in the first peacemaking effort of the war by the U.S. government under President Donald Trump. Russia, the United States, and Jordan reached the "de-escalation agreement," which appeared to give gave Trump a diplomatic achievement at his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Germany this week. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said "calm prevailed" in the southwest since the truce began at noon (0900 GMT) on Sunday despite minor violations.