The Syrian government announced in a statement Tuesday that it accepts the ceasefire deal “on the basis that military efforts continue against the Islamic State, the Nusra Front and other terrorist groups linked to it.” This applied to the cessation of hostilities announced by the US and Russia to go into effect midnight Feb. 27. The two powers also excluded operations against the Islamic State and Nusra Front from the truce - but did not cite other groups, referred to by Damascus as "terrorist.".