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Assad regime accepts pause in hostilities

But many doubt government will honor cease-fire

BEIRUT — The embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad promised on Thursday to observe a UN-proposed truce during a four-day Muslim holiday, while rebels claimed major gains in the key battleground of Aleppo.

But prospects of the cease-fire taking hold are dim, given Assad’s history of broken promises and the rebel momentum in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, where fighters said they advanced into several regime-held neighborhoods.

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