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Is the Syrian ceasefire a lost cause?

Yes—if Russia decides to press home its advantage

By Michael Stephens  

Turkish artillery fire from the border near Kilis toward northern Syria, in Kilis, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Turkey defied international calls and shelled parts of northern Syria for a third day today, insisting it would not allow Kurdish-led forces to seize key areas along the border. The cross-border Turkish artillery fire, which began on Saturday, has added to an increasingly complex situation in Syria's northern Aleppo province just days before the ceasefire is due to begin.(AP Photo/Halit Onur Sandal)

Turkish artillery fire from the border near Kilis toward northern Syria, in Kilis, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016. Turkey defied international calls and shelled parts of northern Syria for a third day today, insisting it would not allow Kurdish-led forces to seize key areas along the border. The cross-border Turkish artillery fire, which began on Saturday, has added to an increasingly complex situation in Syria's northern Aleppo province just days before the ceasefire is due to begin.(AP Photo/Halit Onur Sandal) Turkish artillery fire from the town of Kilis in Turkey towards…

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