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  • A member of Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), seen with a mural of the Islamic State in the background, stands guard in front of a building in the border town of Jarablus, Syria, August 31, 2016.

    A member of Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA), seen with a mural of the Islamic State in the background, stands guard in front of a building in the border town of Jarablus, Syria, August 31, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

Published 12 September 2016

Moscow added it would continue its own air strikes against the Islamic State group and the militants formerly known as the Nusra Front

Russia's Defense Ministry called on Free Syrian Army militants to "stop fighting Kurdish units," as the cease-fire announced last week began in the war-torn nation.

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The ministry, which also said it was considering a Syrian military request to supply cease-fire monitoring gear, made its comments in a Moscow news conference Monday. The cease-fire, which started at 1600 GMT, would be monitored using drones, according to the Russians. The Syrian army has said that it would be ready to diligently do its bit to uphold the agreement.

Hours before the start of a Russian and American-backed cease-fire, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad vowed to take back all of Syria. Meanwhile, Moscow added it would continue its own air strikes against the Islamic State group and the militants formerly known as the Nusra Front.

It said a joint U.S.-Russian coordination center was being set up to determine Russian and U.S.-led coalition targets.

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