J. Weston Phippen, The Atlantic: The End of the Syrian Cease-Fire
The Syrian military blamed the rebels, though the decision was likely affected by a U.S. airstrike that killed more than 60 Syrian troops.
The Syrian military called off a cease-fire agreement that began last week, a decision it blamed on rebel groups, but which was likely affected by a U.S. bombing mission that killed Syrian government forces over the weekend.
On Monday, Syrian officials said rebels used the cease-fire to mobilize fighters and attack government-held positions, according to the Associated Press. The rebels, meanwhile, blamed the Syrian government for violating the agreement, which was supposed to allow aid groups into some besieged towns. It was a quick demise for the cease-fire, brokered by Russia and the U.S.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- September 19, 2016
Even Peace May Not Save Syria -- Robin Wright, The New Yorker
'Islamic State' leaves troubled legacy in Iraq -- Florian Neuhof, DW
Persian Gulf incidents spike, sending message from Iran hardliners -- Scott Peterson, CSM
How Iran’s Ahmadinejad plans to propel political comeback -- Saeid Jafari, Al-Monitor
China Is Supporting Syria's Regime. What Changed? -- Michael Clarke and Raffaello Pantucci, National Interest
North Korea: What Options Remain? -- Walter C. Clemens, Jr., The Diplomat
Nuclear North Korea: A No-Win Scenario? -- Will Edwards, Cipher Brief
A Terrorist Attack in Kashmir Sparks Fears of a Military Conflict Between India and Pakistan -- Rishi Iyengar, Time
Why Pakistan Sticks to Its Guns -- American Interest
Military move on oil facilities creates new situation in Libya -- Lamine Ghanmi, UPI/The Arab Weekly
Why the Kremlin's big win in Russian elections may not be a victory -- Fred Weir, CSM
Crushing Victory, Low Turnout -- Six Russian Election Takeaways -- Steve Gutterman, RFE
Germany Embraces Realpolitik Once More -- John R. Deni, War on the Rocks
Cheerleading for Europe has become an almost impossible job -- The Economist
The IEDs Come Home -- Sale Lilly, RCD
Obama’s Farewell to a World Awash With Troubles -- Colum Lynch & John Hudson, FP