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Old 09-10-2016, 11:00 AM
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Another, not quite explicitly mentioned, problem is that not actually all involved parties agreed to the deal.

All ISIS has to do to scuttle this deal is carry out a few false flag operations. Would they be capable of that? Would they be willing to do that? If the answers to those are "yes", then it seems unlikely that a cease fire has much chance.
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Another, not quite explicitly mentioned, problem is that not actually all involved parties agreed to the deal.

All ISIS has to do to scuttle this deal is carry out a few false flag operations. Would they be capable of that? Would they be willing to do that? If the answers to those are "yes", then it seems unlikely that a cease fire has much chance.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37332789

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Mr Erdogan said in a statement that the current Turkish military operation in Syria, known as Operation Euphrates, was just a "first step" in the fight against IS, which he calls Daesh.
"It is our duty to our people to finish off Daesh in Syria, and to bring them to a level where they can't carry out attacks in our country," he said.
In the same statement, he said Turkey was also determined to defeat the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) and the Feto group of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Mr Erdogan has accused Mr Gulen of masterminding a failed coup attempt in July.
"We are determined to wipe out the PKK trouble from Turkey together with our security forces. Just like Feto, the PKK stands no change against our sagacious people and the power of our state."
Turkey has as yet done nothing to convince that ISIS still isn't the lowest of those three priorities...
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The truce is officially dead - and emphatically so.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-37413411

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Aid trucks have been hit by an air strike near the Syrian city of Aleppo, reports say, hours after the military declared the current cessation of violence was over.
The Syrian Red Crescent said the convoy had been making a routine delivery from Aleppo to rural rebel-held areas.
A UN spokesman said an aid convoy had been hit in Aleppo province but could not confirm it was an air strike.
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Monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the aid trucks were hit near the town of Urm al-Kubra by Syrian or Russian warplanes.
Details are unclear, but a civil defence volunteer said rescue efforts at the scene were continuing.
Earlier, air strikes were reported to have resumed on Aleppo and other cities after the Syrian military declared the seven-day "regime of calm" at an end.

It certainly didn't help that we accidentally attacked the Syrian military (Assad) over the weekend.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/18/wo...ssia.html?_r=0

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — The United States acknowledged on Saturday that its warplanes had carried out an airstrike in Syria that resulted in the deaths of Syrian government troops. American military officials said the pilots in the attack, in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, believed they were targeting the Islamic State.

Russia’s defense ministry said the United States attack had killed 62 Syrian troops, wounded 100 more and opened the way for an Islamic State offensive.

The episode comes at a time of escalating tensions in Syria. A partial cease-fire that started on Monday continues to steadily unravel after it was declared with much fanfare by the United States and Russia.

A statement by United States Central Command said that the planes stopped the attack after a warning from Russia that the strikes could be hitting Syrian troops.
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The Syrian government insisted that the strike was not a mistake. Instead, the government said it was “a very serious and flagrant aggression” that aided the Islamic State and proved its long-held assertion that the United States supports the jihadist group as part of an effort to oust President Bashar al-Assad.

“These attacks confirmed that the U.S. clearly supports the terrorism of Daesh,” SAMA television, a state-run news outlet, said, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The channel quoted a statement issued by the Syrian military’s general command, which said the attack exposed “false claims of fighting terrorism” by the United States.
That accusation would just be amusingly silly, but for the fact that many Trump supporters still think that Obama is a Muslim terrorist.
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In all honesty, the attack on Assad's forces only quickened the unraveling of the ceasefire a bit. No chance in hell was it going to last long.

But to attack aid trucks? Whom the Assad forces had been holding up at several locations prior?

And people wonder why there are non-ISIS combatants that don't want Assad in power.
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