Syrian War Escalates After ‘Ceasefire’ Anouncement; Russia Warns Of World War III
News broke Friday that world powers had agreed on the “cessation of hostilities” in Syria. The announcement came after marathon talks in Munich aimed at facilitating the restart of the negotiations about a permanent cease fire in Geneva.
The first round of the UN-sponsored talks at the beginning of February ended abruptly after three days because the Russian/Iranian pro-Assad coalition started an offensive against rebels in Syria’s largest city Aleppo on the first day of the conference in the Swiss city.
After the announcement of the deal in Munich, the parties emphasized it’s not a formal cease fire, since the fight against Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra will continue, and Russian vowed to continue its bombing campaign against “terrorist” targets in Syria.
The deal should be implemented within one week. But immediately after the announcement of the agreement it became clear that, as Secretary of State John Kerry put it, “more work needs to be done.”
Kerry said during a press conference after the announcement of the deal that “what we need to see in the next few days are actions on the ground, in the field.”
If the actions on the ground are an indication, there’s little chance the agreement will be implemented at all.