Islamic militant group in Syria rejects truce


BEIRUT — The current international peace plan seeking to stop Syria’s civil war suffered a major setback today when an al-Qaida-inspired militant group rejected a cease-fire proposed by the international envoy.

Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria, said the government in Damascus and some rebel leaders had agreed to a four-day truce during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which starts Friday.

The Syrian government denied it has made a decision, saying it is studying the proposal, and rebel leaders have expressed doubts.

Most of the rebel groups share the sentiment that after 19 months of deadly violence, there is little faith that Assad’s regime will abide by any agreement.

Both sides have agreed to previous, more ambitious cease-fires in the past only to break them, and neither side shows much interest in stopping the fight now.


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