In a gesture of good-will and a break in trend, Syria and Russia have ceased air strikes temporarily. The purpose of this pause it to allow civilians and US-backed rebel fighters to separate themselves from the Nusra Front, rebels with terrorist links. The UN wants to send in aid, but will not move in until they have an agreement from both sides that there will be a cease fire. There is a scheduled cease fire on Thursday to send in aid to the families that are suffering in both the rebel-held and government-held regions.

This is very good news, as it shows a softer side of the opposition. However, it is disappointing to hear the civilian casualties on both sides. The Russians have obliterated many families in rebel areas, while the rebels have only recently killed and wounded a handful of children. While the rebels are supposed to be at a distinct disadvantage, they are being much more careful with who they hit.

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