US refuses to throw in towel on Syria ceasefire

Syrian children look at the damage following an air strike in Aleppo's rebel-controlled neighbourhood of Karm al-Jabal on September 18, 2016US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed annoyance that Russia had publicly declared a week-old ceasefire “pointless” without consulting Washington. A meeting of the 23-nation International Syrian Support Group was called for Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York to build support for the truce. Under the terms of their agreement, the US was supposed to rein in opposition forces and Moscow was to ensure its ally Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad halted attacks.

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