Joshua Keating, Slate: Why the Latest Cease-Fire Deal in Syria Won’t Work Any Better Than the Others
Syria’s latest cease-fire deal, negotiated by the United States and Russia last week, is due to go into effect at sundown Monday night, just a couple hours from now, but there are already reasons to be skeptical about whether it will have any lasting impact on the conflict.
The deal requires the Syrian government, the Russian military, and U.S.-backed rebel groups to halt hostilities for a seven-day period. This will hopefully allow aid groups to finally bring aid into Syria’s embattled largest city, Aleppo, which has seen some of the civil war’s heaviest fighting. The U.S. and Russia will also begin work on setting up a “Joint Implementation Center” to share information on targeting al-Qaida–linked groups and ISIS. The goal is to disentangle the “legitimate” opposition groups supported by the West and other Arab states from the jihadist ones that both sides agree should still be targeted.
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