NEGOTIATING TABLE. Syrian chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari, (L), Ambassador of the Permanent Representative Mission of the Syria to UN New York, and UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura, (R), prior a new round of negotiations between the Syrian government and U.N., at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 14, 2016. Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA However, hopes for a breakthrough at the talks remained remote with both sides locked in a bitter dispute over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
MOSCOW, Russia (Mar. 14, 2016) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, March 14, announced the withdrawal of Moscow’s forces from Syria in a shock move as fresh peace talks began in Geneva.
Continue reading Putin orders withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria A picture taken on February 27, 2016 in Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, shows smoke rising from the neighboring Syrian city Tel Abyad during clashes between Islamic State (ISIS) and People’s Protection Units (YPG). Photo by AFP Washington urges all sides to be patient, saying ‘setbacks are inevitable’
DAMASCUS, Syria (Feb. 29, 2016) — Key players in Syria’s war traded accusations Sunday, February 28, over violations of the first major ceasefire in the 5-year conflict, but the truce remained largely intact on its second day.
Continue reading Blame game tests Syria’s fragile ceasefire