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The Syrian government and its most important ally, Russia, announced on Thursday that they had reached a cease-fire agreement with rebels in Syria and their patron, Turkey — a potential turning point in a civil war that has lasted nearly six years and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
The announcement follows the retaking of all of Aleppo, once Syria’s industrial capital and a stronghold of the opposition, by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, and negotiations in Moscow that involved
Assad’s government, Russia, Turkey and Iran — but, pointedly, not the United States.
Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, said that Russia and Turkey would guarantee the truce, which is set to begin at midnight on Thursday. The Syrian military said minutes later that it had agreed to a nationwide cease-fire starting at midnight.
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