Saturday, February 27, 2016

Syria Ceasefire Will Not Defeat ISIS

By Rachel Ehrenfeld

The United States and Russia brokered ceasefireagreementbetween the Syrian government and few of the fighting groups is scheduled for February 27, 2016, 00:00 local time.  While Washington described the agreement as yet another major diplomatic achievement, it will not end the war in Syria, destroy ISIS or the al Nusra Front, or stop Iran’s and Russia’s intervention.

Washington described the agreement as yet another major diplomatic achievement in the “process” of solving the chaos that Obama has directly contributed to. But as they are having a great time flying to and from smart European hotels for long conferences that mostly conclude with a decision to meet again, shortly, in another posh city/hotel for some more negotiations. Indeed, diplomacy at its best. If it holds, the ceasefires would help distribute basic necessities to Syria’s suffering population. It would also help to replenish the fighting groups to renew their supplies and better position themselves on the battlefield. But it is clear that the ceasefire will not end the war in Syria, destroy ISIS or the al Nusra Front, or stop Iran’s and Russia’s intervention.......

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