Russian-backed safe zones plan a bid to divide Syria - opponents
Russian-backed safe zones plan a bid to divide Syria - opponents
Relative calm in Syrian safe zones after deal implemented
15 May, 2017, 18:19
The Russian deal, signed in Astana on Thursday, says maps of the new "de-escalation zones" will be ready by June 4. The U.S. was not part of negotiating the deal and it said there is "reason to be cautious". It called on the US and other Arab allied countries, to prevent the implementation of the deal.
The observatory reported some clashes, but added that it has not recorded any deaths as a result.
Syrian children, who were evacuated from the last rebel-held pockets of Syria's northen city of Aleppo, flash the sign of victory upon their arrival on 19 December 2016. The Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee terrorist front predictably denounced it.
With the help of Russian Federation and Iranian-backed militias, the Syrian government has gained the military upper hand against rebel groups, including some supported by Turkey, the US and Gulf monarchies.
There were also reports of shelling and gunfire in other parts. The conflict is multi-sided, with Syria's ruling regime, which is widely accused of war crimes, battling a spectrum of belligerents ranging from the so-called moderate opposition to UN-designated terrorist groups, such as Islamic State. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, a Pentagon spokesman. A State Department envoy was at the talks in Kazakhstan where the deal was reached, though the United States was not one of the signers of the agreement. The United States is not party to the Astana agreement and the Syrian rebels have not signed on to the deal.
The main Syrian opposition umbrella group criticized a Russian proposal to establish "de-escalation zones" in Syria as vague and illegitimate and said it rejected the role of Iran as guarantor in any deal. Given the exclusion of the United States from the latest agreement and its criticism of its framework, it can be assumed that it is not what Washington had in mind when Mr Trump floated the idea.
And most complicating of all, all three of those countries are already combatants mired in the war, far from neutral "peacekeepers". It provides for a ceasefire, rapid deliveries of humanitarian aid and the return of refugees after "de-escalation zones" are created across stretches of eight Syrian provinces.
In those areas, combat operations, including flights by military aircraft, are outlawed as of May 6. Because Moscow is monitoring the agreement, he said, it is unlikely to "impede its own military actions on the ground".
The details of the plan will be worked out over the next several weeks.
Russian Federation and Syria have said they will not use air power in the designated zones, but if their forces claim the zones are being used as bases for militant activity, the ban can be waived.
Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian General Staff, speaks to the media in the Defense Ministry in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 5, 2017.
Rebels fighting to topple Assad are enraged by Iran's role in the deal and blame the Shiite power for fuelling the sectarian nature of Syria's conflict, now in its seventh year. "Iran's activities in Syria have only contributed to the violence, not stopped it".
"This leaves Tahrir al-Sham with every reason to rally opposition to the Astana deal and to torpedo it through bombings and other provocations", Syria analyst Aron Lund wrote in an article on Friday. "How exactly that is going to play out - we don't know the details", said Dekker.
Only the previous day, the 35-year-old said he would only stay with the team if they gave him a auto capable of fighting for wins. With its rougher surface and tricky curves, the track gives slower cars like his McLaren a fighting chance.
It was 2-2 when Vincent (1-1) entered the game with a 1.62 ERA and a streak of 12 scoreless appearances covering 13 innings. The Blue Jays got two runs back in both the third and fourth innings, the latter of which knotted the score at 7-7.
Hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious disease reported by the CDC with an estimated 20,000 deaths in 2015. She's the medical director for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and viral hepatitis at the Tennessee Department of Health.
Comac says more than 200 Chinese companies and 36 universities have been involved in research and development of the C919. The smaller regional jet is a rival to aircraft made by Bombardier Inc. of Canada and Brazil's Embraer SA.
Despite losing to Lyon , Ajax and their fans were in the dancing spirit after sealing a spot in the Europa League final. Ajax players celebrate a goal against Lyon during the Europa League semi-final second leg in France on Thursday.
Coric broke the Scot twice in the first set and he showed no signs of nerve in what was one of his biggest career wins. The top-ranked Murray was outplayed by the 20-year-old Croatian to lose his fifth match of the year.
Egyptian archeologists have unearthed a necropolis containing at least 17 mummies near the Nile Valley city of Minya. Along with the mummies , several antiquities were also discovered, including papyrus and animal coffins.
Sources also told YourStory that Freecharge is expecting the deal size to be in the bracket of $70 million to $90 million. Paytm signs non-exclusive term sheet to acquire Freecharge; PayPal back in talks, while MobiKwik is no longer interested.
Since tournament moved to TPC Sawgrass in 1982, the best opening round by a defending champion is 68 by Craig Perks in 2003. The 12th hole was certainly more appealing this year than the blind second shot it used to present.
Warriors will try to close out the best-of-seven Western Conference second-round series in game four on Monday in Salt Lake City . At the start of the second half Hayward knocked down a three, the Jazz got some stops and makes, but could never pull away.
European airport security measures are closely aligned with American measures, and US aviation security has had its own failures. The officials had asked that the USA and Europe continue to cooperate on a "joint response to shared threats".
Turkey president: Trump arming Syrian Kurds a 'mistake'
A first consignment of weapons is already in place for delivery and could be dispatched to the YPG "very quickly", U.S. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to visit President Donald Trump in Washington next Tuesday.
Windows 10 S is Microsoft's Chrome OS Competitor
Windows 10 S is a streamlined version of Microsoft's operating system geared for students and educators. However, you can not change your default web browser as Microsoft Edge will remain the default choice.
Athletes at forefront of Los Angeles 2024 plan
A tour began at the famous Staples Center arena, the downtown home of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA team. Paris , which last staged the Olympics in 1924, failed in bids for the 1992, 2008, and 2012 Games.
Saracens claim back-to-back European Champions Cup titles
We'll be making highlights of the game available for FREE shortly after the final whistle on BTSport.com and on the BT Sport app. When George Kruis battered his way over nine minutes later for Saracens' second try Clermont looked in danger of being swamped.
Army chief dismiss claims to resume CASO in Kashmir
Cries of "Bharat mata ki jai" rented the air along with others condemning Pakistan and militant groups in the Valley. The killing of young Kashmiri has sparked outrage in the country with the Army vowing to punish his killers.
Bradley steps up as Celtics move ahead
Here are five things to watch out for when the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards meet at 8 p.m. tonight at Verizon Center. Their 2017 playoff low was 103 - in their Game 5 win over the Atlanta Hawks in the first round. "I need to save my money.".
NHS services across England and Scotland hit by cyber-attack
Doctors at some surgeries were forced to use pen and paper to record patient details following the attack, local media reported. The Shadow Brokers released Eternal Blue as part of a trove of hacking tools that they said belonged to the USA spy agency.
Red Sox recall Robbie Ross Jr from Triple-A
Boston had another error at third base from Josh Rutledge, its major-league-leading 13th of the season. He trails only Jose Bautista for the most long balls hit at Fenway among active visiting players.