Syrian truce left in tatters

The UN Special Representative for Syria, Stefan de Mistura, has stated that the ceasefire in Syria, which has managed to last for 2 months, is now barely alive. De Mistura urged the leaders of Russia and the United States to facilitate the resumption of the peace process. Meanwhile the war is gradually resuming with renewed vigor.

The failure of the Geneva talks

The latest stage of inter-Syrian negotiations in Geneva ended on Wednesday with no concrete results having been achieved. The reason behind such was the destructive position of the pro-Saudi opposition, whose representatives formed the Riyadh Supreme Negotiating Committee and quit the process a week earlier. The occasion for such was highlighted by Syrian army actions against irreconcilable militants, the slow delivery of aid to previously blocked areas that are now controlled by militants, and the refusal to negotiate with two groups of the pro-Russian opposition, “Moscow-Cairo” and “Hmeymim.” On April 18, representatives of the largest umbrella structures of militants, “Ahrar al-Sham” and “Jaish al-Islam” announced their resignation from the ceasefire.

Disruption of the truce

This in effect has signaled the failure of the truce in Syria, and coincides with the realization of the objectives which drove the US to press for a truce, i.e., the withdrawal of Russian troops, the halt of the Syrian Arab Army offensive near Aleppo, and the guarantee of breathing space, recuperation, and replenished arsenals for militants. The whole history of the truce demonstrates that US controlled militants can only negotiate on terms of surrender.

US defends Islamists

On April 27, Russia appealed to the UN Security Council to recognize the “Ahrar al-Sham” and “Jaish al-Islam” groups funded by Saudi Arabia and Turkey as terrorist organizations. However, the United States blocked such a decision despite the fact that both such structures were established by former Al-Qaeda members, as ISIS as a whole, and adhere to the ideology of radical Islamism.

The situation further complicates

The strategic situation in Syria has deteriorated significantly over the course of the truth as militants have had time to rest and strengthen. In Kurdish areas, clashes between Kurdish militias and the Syrian army have emerged. The Kurds, whom Turkey and Saudi Arabia have tried to exclude from the negotiation process, have unilaterally announced federalization, a move which undermined their former alliance with official Damascus. In addition, the United States is deploying another 250 special forces troops and military advisors to northern Syria in order to completely harness the Kurdish factor for their own objectives.