The Pentagon this week declared that 40 percent of Raqqa in Syria has been liberated. Bashar Assad’s forces are miles away from Abu Kamal, and it seems that in eight to 12 months eastern Syria will be cleared of Daesh. So what is next for the United States in Syria, especially with regard to the People’s Protection Units (YPG)?
According to the reports, the United States and Russia may announce a second ceasefire deal on Syria, covering Homs and Eastern Ghouta, around mid-August after expert Russia-US consultations in one of the European capitals.
High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Brussels on Tuesday, with the Syrian crisis reportedly topping the agenda.
The US and Russia brokered ceasefire in Syria’s southwest is serving as a positive backdrop for a new round of UN backed peace talks in Geneva.
Another round of Syrian reconciliation talks has wrapped up in Astana; the US and Jordan participated as observers. Sputnik Turkiye discussed it with Turkish political analyst Oktay Aksoy, who said that if these two countries are really interested in Syria’s territorial integrity, they should join negotiations as full-fledged parties to the deal.
The United States and Russia struck an agreement Friday on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, crowning President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is the first U.S.-Russian effort under Trump’s presidency to stem Syria’s six-year civil war.
Parties to Astana talks on Syria suggest monitoring over Syrian situation to be conducted from two monitoring centers.
A high-level US delegate is expected to attend international negotiations on Syrian reconciliation in Astana next week, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said Monday.
Jordan is intensifying diplomatic efforts to help forge an agreement between the United States and Russia to establish a safe or de-escalation zone in southern Syria. Jordan hopes to prevent the vast Syrian Badia area, which extends along Jordan’s northern borders with Syria, from turning into a battlefield involving US-led coalition forces and rebel allies on the one hand, and regime and Iran-backed militias on the other.