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US and Russia to pause for Eid—then start bombing rebel groups in Syria again

by Charlie Kimber
Issue No. 2521

The city of Aleppo has been devastated by bombing

The city of Aleppo has been devastated by bombing (Pic: Voice of America News)


Top US and Russian officials have announced a new ceasefire deal in Syria.

It follows the failure of the last ceasefire that was proclaimed in February and was supposed to end the agony of Syria’s people.

The deal, initially for a week during the Eid holiday, is based on an extension of bombing.

Attacking

The US says it will cooperate with Russia in attacking both Isis and the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham group.

Jabhat Fatah al-Sham is the successor to the al-Nusra Front that was associated with Al Qaida.

Such an agreement provides opportunities for either side to bomb on the basis that any fighting organisation is “really” part of the terrorists.

In return the Russians and the Syrian regime are supposed to halt raids on civilians and other rebel groups.

There is very little confidence this will happen.

Killed

Presumed Russian or government airstrikes on rebel-held Idlib and Aleppo provinces killed over 90 civilians in an attack on a marketplace in Idlib last Saturday.

At least 13 children were among those killed.

No deal brokered by imperialism will work to the long-term benefit of the Syrian people.


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