by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor, … with Press TV, Teheran
[ Note: As we were reporting in the breaking news yesterday Russian and the US have had two technical staffs working long days to free the peace talks from the various parties trying to hold them hostage to preconditions demands.
The anti-ceasefire attacks continued by Turkey under the guise of being an anti-terrorism measure, something the West has set the standard for and now boomerangs as others copy the tactic by those claiming equal right to use terrorism destabilization for their geo-political goals.
The Saudis have Al-Qaeda openly fighting with their troops side by side in Yemen, and Turkey has been using Turkmen, Al-Qeada and ISIS units with a very big footprint
They both have the US in a blackmail situation (as do others) by being able to spill the beans on their joint terrorism projects against Syria. Hence you see all the dancing around with no one official wanting to admit publicly what everyone knows to be the case.
But we now have the US and Russia with a UN sanctioned mechanism to run the ceasefire show as the heads of their two coalitions. They are dispatching the pre-conditions road blockers simply by giving them a deadline of noon on Friday on where they are in the ceasefire or are opting out. Those that opt out, if they engage in attacks, will have the bombers all to themselves as most of the country quiets down.
Each seems to be responsible for policing their own allies, with a violation mechanism created to quickly deal with shooting incidents and even went so far as to plan a process for habitual violators.
Both the US and Russia seem to have agreed on cutting off outside supplies of men and material. Without that the ceasefire would be a joke. So this will be a direct challenge to Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and an extent the Israelis if they were to continue to supply their Golan Heights proxies.
Remember that Putin’s statement said that for transparency credibility, media was going to have full access to report on all aspects of the ceasefire.
If this is true it is an indication that both the US and Russia want to use public opinion as a weapon against violators. We will be waiting by the phone for our call to help organize phone campaigns to the various embassies and consulates of violators. And it is getting near time to begin talking about a boycott of Turkey and Saudi Arabia…Jim W. Dean ]
The Syrian government says it has accepted a ceasefire deal brokered by Russia and the United States which offers a cessation of hostilities starting from Saturday.
According to a statement issued by the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Damascus accepts a halt to combat operations on the basis that military efforts continue against Daesh, Nusra Front and other terrorist groups.
It also voiced its readiness to coordinate with Russia to define areas and groups included in the ceasefire plan. Meanwhile, the Syrian government said it would reserve the right to respond to any breach by armed groups against civilians or armed forces.
Jim W. Dean is VT Editor Emeritus. He was an active editor on VT from 2010-2022. He was involved in operations, development, and writing, plus an active schedule of TV and radio interviews. He now writes and posts periodically for VT.
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