Thursday, May 04, 2017

War - Doomed Damascus

Negotiators to create safe zones in northern Syria -
UPI reports: "Diplomats from Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syria agreed Thursday to create four 'de-escalation' zones in war-torn Syria, though forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad walked out on the deal. The proposal was put forth by the Russians and agreed to by Turkish leaders who are acting as a guarantor for a coalition of forces opposed to the Assad regime. The Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, agreed to the deal Thursday, but members of the opposition delegation walked out on the talks rather than sign their agreement [...] Creating cease-fire zones that confine opposition forces to territory already under their control could give the Assad government an advantage in fighting in other parts of the country, they said."

Comment: It's a nice idea that sounds like it might allow some humanitarian assistance to get into the country, but it's the kind of thing that will easily fracture and fall apart given the number of warring factions. 

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