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Russia suspends all Syria airstrikes on armed groups included in ceasefire

The Free Syrian Army people deserted to the bad boy groups long ago and just use that name when convenient

The Free Syrian Army people deserted to the bad boy groups long ago and just use that name when convenient

… from Russia Today,  Moscow

– First published  …  February 27, 2016

The Syrian pilots are flying the old MIGs which Russian support teams have refurbished to combat status

The Syrian pilots are flying the old MIGs which Russian support teams have refurbished to combat status

[ Editor’s Note: The guns are falling silent in many parts of Syria, a blessing for those who live in those areas where 97 opposition groups have signed onto the ceasefire. We knew that ISIL and al-Nusra who were not included would make some show of force, hitting soft targets, and they have.

Mortar shelling was reported in the outlying Damascus areas, and yes, the expected car and suicide bombers who randomly murder people. But their acts will just make the Syrian people hate them more and support the Syrian coalition in sweeping the country clean of them.

We will be getting through the worst of the winter weather, which should help with all the temporary construction that is going to be needed in places where infrastructure has been destroyed. Assad has offered to have parliamentary elections in April for a show of support early in the negotiations. Groups like the FSA will not break 5%, which will undermine their demands to rule the roost with big brother Washington.

Next week we will see what kind of an offensive shift we will see focused onto al-Nusra and ISIL to free the territory they control, so humanitarian aid can get into those critical areas. We will also begin to get a lot more stories about what it was like living under the US coalition terror brigades.

Expect a steady stream of snide remarks coming out of the White House press conferences, while the Russian coordination center is doing the heavy lifting with the continued air support for the SAA, and also coordination relief supplies because it has the ability to do so… Jim W. Dean ]

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It's hard to believe but the Syrian people may start becoming happier with the jihadis losing

It’s hard to believe, but the Syrian people may start becoming happier with the jihadis losing

 

Russia’s military have stopped all airstrikes on those areas and armed groups which joined the ceasefire in Syria, the General Staff has said at a briefing.

“Russia has fully stopped carrying out airstrikes in “the green zone – those areas and armed units that have sent us requests for a ceasefire,” the chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff, Sergey Rudskoy, has told reporters.

The Syrian army and 17 armed units have pledged to abide by the ceasefire, he added.

“On February 23, the Syrian army declared that they have agreed to stop military action, in accordance with the US-Russia deal. Seventeen armed units addressed the command of the Hmeimim air base, and signed the application sheets, also pledging to respect the ceasefire,” Rudskoy said.

Seventy Russian drones will be monitoring the ceasefire, it’s been announced. ‘Hotlines’ have been created to ensure the quick exchange of information between the Russian ceasefire coordinating center in Hmeimim, Syria and the US one in Amman, Jordan.

“To provide help in ensuring peace in Syria, the ceasefire center was set up at the Hmeimim air base. Sixty-one Russian officers work there, and its main goals are to help seal the special ceasefire deals, and to sustain ceasefire with the armed groups’ leaders, and to deliver humanitarian aid to the population,” Lieutenant-General Sergey Kuralenko, the head of Russia’s ceasefire headquarters in Hmeimim, told the briefing.

Recently, the Hmeimim ceasefire center received 169 phone calls and e-mails. Fighting has stopped in 34 residential areas, the Defense Ministry confirmed. The Russian Defense Ministry has also provided the US military with its current situation map in Syria.

“To exchange information with US colleagues, we’ve developed a map of the situation on the ground in Syria, and this map has been given to the US side during bilateral consultations on February 26, and also via military and diplomatic channels. On this map, one can see the regions where the peace process is on, and also the areas controlled by IS, Al-Nusra, or other armed groups,” Rudskoy said.

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6 Responses to "Russia suspends all Syria airstrikes on armed groups included in ceasefire"

  1. wiggins  February 28, 2016 at 6:50 am

    So the ‘bad guys’ are still shelling Damascus, but, Putin has told Assad to hold fire…..sounds like Syria have got a sh*t deal.

  2. Dr. Abu-Bakr Susta  February 27, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    The joint U.S.-led and Russia-led coalitions TOGETHER will now target the Erdogan/Saudi-backed moderate head choppers.

    The only fly in the ointment may be a Saudi/Turk-smuggled tactical nuke that is now in Aleppo, as per Gordon Duff’s 26-Feb-16 ‘Intel Drop.’ However, even a Saudi/Turk-smuggled tactical nuke detonated in Aleppo would probably blowback into Ankara and Riyadh. Erdogan & the Saudi d-Ruler would be toast — even more quickly. Erdogan & the Saudi d-Ruler may as well set it off under their own dinner table. ;-).

    Assad has now called for possibly-premature legislative elections in April of 2016 — not 2017. Not necessarily a good thing… However, if Assad & Syria can do these elections, then Assad will almost undoubtedly consolidate power — shutting out much of the truly-moderate opposition and ALL of the Saudi/Turk-backed moderate head choppers.

    After such elections, the Saudi/Turk-backed moderate head choppers will have NO claim to ANY part in ANY Transition, will NOT help to write a New Constitution, and will not win ANY seats in the legislature in any 2017 elections (in which Assad will almost undoubtedly be elected as President — AGAIN).

  3. ProtectUSA1st  February 27, 2016 at 9:11 pm

     Mr. JD__ Finally, the World started to “Admit” & “Appreciating” Russian’s Help.
     Today, I was reading & watching many of the World Warmongers’ USA & EU Media
     __ Their respective “Governments” must have told them “If you don’t have any Facts about the UN Syrian War Deal, DON’T SAY IT”
     It started with one of the (97) Armed Groups spokes woman who said the Russian & Syrian Armies were bombing our areas, on France 24. The Station switch immediately, where the UN Syrian Envoy Steffan de Mistura from Geneva said, RIGHT NOW, WE NEED FACTS__NOT TALK.
     They even showed maps how difficult it is to distinguish who Occupies what, since IS, al-Nusra, al-Qaida & the rebels Group were next to each other.
     The al-Nusra rebels said we are pulling out of the Residential Towns of Idlib Provinces, so we won’t be blamed, if the area Bombed by Russians.
     Many of the Media showed how The (17) Syrian Support Group Task Force who are Monitoring the Cease Fire work in CONCERT: UN in Geneva 24/7, Washington, D.C, Moscow, Latakia & Amman.
     YPG said, when IS fighters attacked Tel Abyad, their Kurdish-held Town near the Turkish Boarder, USA-Led Coalition Air Strikes pushed them back to the Border.

  4. Altimometer  February 27, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    A bitter pill for DC.

  5. DJ C  February 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Guaranteed. The terrorist scumbags are busy repositioning and rearming. Anti-aircraft equipment being brought into place. They’ll have a Tet Offensive of their own and get everything started anew. WW3 has been planned and won’t be kept on hold.

    • captain obvious  February 28, 2016 at 4:11 am

      exactly my suspicion about this supposed ceasefire deal, just a calm before a s#itstorm backstab that could-should have been avoided if Assad-Putin had told everyone else to get out of Syria RIGHT NOW OR SUFFER, months ago!

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