Civilians and members of Islamist fighter groups in Syria have expressed skepticism over major powers' agreement on a ''cessation of hostilities''. Nathan Frandino reports.
They may be celebrating in Europe, but here in the Damascus suburbs, news of the Syrian ceasefire deal is barely registering. They're too busy digging out after another airstrike. It's a deadly reminder that the pause won't take effect for another week. Not only that, but that the pause wont apply to certain groups, like Islamic State and the Nusra Front. At a checkpoint in Idlib province, one fighter called the ceasefire meaningless. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MEMBER OF ISLAMIST GROUP JUND AL-AQSA, HAITHAM ALI, SAYING: "You are asking for ceasefire and classify our brothers in al Nusra Front and Jund al Aqsa and other Islamic factions as terrorists. What kind of ceasefire is this?" If implemented, the deal will allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged towns. But with a week to go until the ceasefire starts, Russia and the Syrian government are expected to make big gains in the country. Many Syrians believe the deal falls short...and will do little to stop a war that has killed some 250,000 people and caused millions to flee.