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Syrian Cease-Fire Is a Baby Step Toward Peace

A fragile truce in the southwest is a good omen for U.S. interests.
War's still just a shot away.

War's still just a shot away.

Photographer: Mohamad Abazeed/AFP/Getty Images

After years of horrific fighting in Syria -- including several failed cease-fires -- it's hard to get too excited about a limited agreement to stop hostilities in a tiny corner of the country. Yet the modest "de-escalation" deal in Syria's southwest is a promising sign.

Islamic State is not yet defeated. But the cease-fire, reached by Jordan, Russia and the U.S., is an indication that the end of that fight is near, as all sides are beginning to jockey for position in the next stage of the Syrian civil war.