It is still unclear which groups the "ceasefire" will apply toby Tim Eaton / February 25, 2016 / Leave a comment
The latest announcement of a “cessation of hostilities” in Syria has a real chance of being enacted on Saturday morning. It is desperately needed. In the five years since the Syrian civil war started, more than a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and 4.7 million have fled the country. In this time, attempts have been made at a “ceasefire” between several of the parties militarily involved in the country. Russia and the United states are chief among these: currently, Russia is launching airstrikes on the enemies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the United States is supporting some rebel groups. Islamic State and al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra are not to be a part of any agreement.