Tag: Ceasefire

Syrians regime forces walk past destroyed buildings in the former rebel-held Ansari district in the northern city of Aleppo on December 23, 2016 after Syrian government forces retook control of the whole embattled city. Syrian troops cemented their hold on Aleppo after retaking full control of the city, as residents anxious to return to their homes moved through its ruined streets. George OURFALIAN / AFP

Syria Ceasefire Holding Despite ‘Minor Violations,’ Including 20 Air Raids

The headlines on Day One of the latest Syrian ceasefire, this time brokered by Russia, Turkey, and Iran without U.S. or U.N. involvement, is that it’s holding together despite “minor violations” — such as 20 air raids by the Syrian government against rebel positions near Idlib and ground action supported by attack helicopters in the suburbs of Damascus.

TOPSHOT - Syrian children play in a government-held area of Aleppo on December 16, 2016. Russia announced it was negotiating with the Syrian opposition and seeking a nationwide ceasefire, as the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo entered a second day. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor of the war, estimated some 8,500 people had left so far, including around 3,000 rebel fighters. Syrian state media reported a figure of around 8,000. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey and Russia Announce Ceasefire Plan for Syria

Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, formally announced the much-heralded Russian-Turkish-Iranian peace plan for Syria on Wednesday, with Russia claiming it has support from the United Nations. However, Turkey’s insistence that dictator Bashar Assad cannot be part of Syria’s long-term future may not sit well with Moscow.

Smoke rises from airstrikes on Guzhe village, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Battle for Aleppo Intensifies After Ceasefire Ends

The battle for control of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo intensified on Sunday with air strikes, ground offensives and shelling, the morning after a resurgence in fighting ended a Russian ceasefire, a monitor and rebel groups said.

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Report: Pentagon, CIA Oppose Obama-Russia Pact in Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly made a pact with Russia to establish a ceasefire in Syria, a move that has further aggravated the increasingly deep objections from the Pentagon, CIA, and other government components to cooperating with Russia.

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Syrian Refugees Brave Home for Eid-al-Adha Muslim Holiday

For some Syrian refugees in Turkey – who find themselves hopeless, fearful, and concerned about their prospects and that of their family back in Syria – an end to their current predicament seems unattainable save for a return home for Eid al-Adha, one of the most important festivals on the Islamic calendar.

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UN Syria Peace Talks Begin as Assad Forces Backed by Iran, Russia Advance

The United Nations earlier this week announced the formal start of indirect peace talks aimed at ending the nearly five-year-old Syrian conflict and urged world powers to push for ceasefire, as Bashar al Assad forces, backed by Russian airstrikes and Iranian militias, launched one of their biggest offensives.