Published February 26, 2016
President Barack Obama says if the conflicting parties in Syria halt all violence as agreed, it could be a first step toward ending the chaos there. But he says a lasting peace in Syria is impossible as long as President Bashar al-Assad stays in power. After a meeting with his National Security Council late Thursday, Obama also said a concerted allied effort has weakened Islamic State's power and influence in the region. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.