Obama: 'Critical' weeks ahead for Syria

President Obama has said the coming weeks will be ‘critical’ for Syria’s future, ahead of a two-week truce due to start on Friday.

He warned Russia that all parties to the cessation of hostilities needed to stop attacks, including air strikes.

If successful, he said, the truce could be a first step towards ending the chaos and violence in Syria.

And he vowed to defeat the so-called Islamic State, which he said was “not a caliphate but a crime ring”.

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