WASHINGTON - The United States on Friday called for a ceasefire in Syria during the Islamic Eid al-Adha festival next week, throwing its weight behind international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's efforts to broker a halt to the worsening violence.

The State Department said it supports Brahimi's call for a ceasefire "so that the Syrian people may observe the religious holiday in peace and security."

"We urge the Syrian government to stop all military operations and call on opposition forces to follow suit," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

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