Saturday, February 20, 2016

Russia's Most Syrian Adventure #73

The US and Russia are holding talks in Geneva over a potential ceasefire in Syria. A broader peace conference followed. Those peace talks were a dead end though and will not continue next week. The Russians have stated the talks are further delayed.  (BIG SURPRISE!)

France has stated the ceasefire must have begun yesterday, including the Russians (but, yeah, right).  The EU has come out and said pretty much the same thing.

The Syria rebels have stated they are open to a provisional ceasefire, but slam Russia because it will continue to support Assad with its air campaign.

The Russians called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. France rejected Russia's proposed UN resolution. The Russian push failed.  The US said this was just an distraction by the Russians, intentional one at that, from the peace talks.

In more obfuscation, the Russians are warning Assad not to try to take back all of Syria.

There was a bombing in Ankara, Turkey. A Kurdish group claimed responsibility. A Kurdish group killed 3 Turkish security troops. Obama called Turkey's President over the Kurdish attacks asking for restraint and Turkey stated it is saddened by the US alliance with the Kurdish groups.

A Kurdish force with allies and US airstrike support have retaken a city from IS/Daesh.

The Saudis are stating the rebels ought to armed with MANPADS surface to air missiles.

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