The Illusion of Ceasefire in Syria

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by Stephen Lendman
Terrorism is the use of violence, instability, chaos and intimidation in pursuit of political aims – a US speciality.
All anti-Syrian forces armed and supported by Washington and its rogue allies are terrorists. Endless war continues, ebbing in some areas, raging in others.
Resumption of full-blown conflict is just a matter of time. Ceasefire and so-called peace initiatives are illusory.
Diplomacy won’t resolve Syria’s conflict. Washington wants war, regime change, and Syrian sovereignty replaced by US-controlled puppet governance. Its objective remains unchanged.
It continues using ISIS and other terrorist elements as imperial foot soldiers. Head of Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria, General Sergey Kuralenko, said anti-government forces shelled Damascus residential areas on Saturday for hours.
Russia halted airstrikes in areas controlled by anti-government forces agreeing to ceasefire terms – for how long remains to be seen as breaches are sure to continue and intensify.
Dozens of Russian drones are monitoring ceasefire areas. Hotlines were established between Russia’s Khmeimim air base and a US Jordanian facility.
Terrorist elements continue attacking areas controlled by YPG Kurdish forces in northern Syria near Turkey’s border – Ankara facilitating their movement cross border. It’s providing armaments and other material support, with full backing and encouragement from Washington.
US airstrikes continue targeting Syrian infrastructure and government targets on the phony pretext of combating ISIS.
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported terrorist attacks in Hama, Deir Ezzor and Aleppo over the weekend. Heavy fighting continues in Raqqa and Lattakia provinces, Syrian and Hezbollah forces along with YPG fighters combating ISIS and other terrorist groups.
Russia’s war on terrorism targets areas controlled by anti-government elements not party to the cessation of hostilities.
Government forces are advancing steadily, retaking areas lost earlier, eliminating terrorists, cutting off their supply lines, defeating them decisively.
The campaign to liberate Syria continues. Cessation of hostilities and peace talks if begun change nothing.
As long as US-supported terrorist elements infest Syria, government forces and Russian air power continue pounding them. Preserving Syrian sovereignty depends on it.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.