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New recruits take part in a shooting training session on February 16, 2016 at a camp in a rebel-held area of the northern city of Aleppo before fighting along with opposition fighters. (Karam al-Masri/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
New recruits take part in a shooting training session on February 16, 2016 at a camp in a rebel-held area of the northern city of Aleppo before fighting along with opposition fighters. (Karam al-Masri/AFP/Getty Images)

After nearly five years of civil war and more than 250,000 deaths, the warring parties in Syria say they will abide by a ceasefire that is scheduled to take effect Saturday.

The United Nations says it will be a challenge to enforce the truce. That's because the Syrian battlefield is complicated by the presence of ISIS and the al-Qaida group, al-Nusra.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson talks with Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, about the prospects for peace.

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This segment aired on February 23, 2016.

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