Russia urges ‘terrorists’ to end hostilities

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat says the moment “terrorists” adhere to a cessation of hostilities in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province is when there will actually be another cease-fire. Russia’s deputy U.N. ambassador Dmitry Polyansky told reporters Friday the Syrian army observed the Aug. 1 cease-fire but al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the most powerful rebel group in Idlib, didn’t and “it takes two to tango.” He said Hayat Tahrir al-Sham needs “to surrender,” or those that support it need to find a solution.

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