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Russia grounds planes as cease-fire in Syria takes effect

Russia has grounded its warplanes in Syria in observance of a temporary "cessation of hostilities" brokered in conjunction with the U.S., which took effect Friday night. A top Russian military official explained the decision to ground the planes by saying Russia wanted to "avoid any possible mistakes," Haaretz reports.

The cease-fire, which excludes areas of the country controlled by ISIS, is seen as a stepping stone to U.N.-brokered peace talks. Despite the fact that the Syrian government, the opposition, and nearly 100 rebel groups agreed to the cease-fire, officials are skeptical of its chances of success.