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Looking For Details On Syria Ceasefire? Don't Ask US Military

13 Juillet 2017

The Ahmad al-Abdo Force operating in Syria's southeast said it shot down the plane in regime controlled territory Tuesday.

The current assumption in Israel is that the expected departure of United States troops will leave the region completely open to Russian Federation.

Quneitra is important to Israel because it presses against the Israeli-held portion of the Golan Heights, a strategic area Israel captured from Syria in their war in 1967.

But this truce was the first to be announced by the Trump administration.

With the help of Russian air power and Iranian-backed militias, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has put rebels on the back foot over the previous year.

This gives Russian Federation a unique advantage in the conflict as a power capable of brokering meaningful deals. With rebel units tied up in Manshiyyeh, ISIL has been able to push back against opposition forces tasked with its defeat.

Syrian regime media said the assault was against Daesh.

A statement from opponents of Assad noted the groups were wary about what they called "secret meetings and understandings between Russia, Jordan, and America for the south of Syria, separate from the north". Mr. Putin and Mr. Netanyahu continued their exchange of opinions on topical issues of Russia-Israel cooperation.

"There is no integrated solution for Syria anymore, at least for the time being in Washington", says Joseph Bahout, a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, speaking to TIME from Paris.

The accord includes "securing humanitarian access and setting up contacts between the opposition in the region and a monitoring center that is being established in Jordan's capital", he added.

Elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces, as well as Iranian militias and fighters from Hizbollah, have played a central role in the latest fighting in Manshiyyeh, according to rebel intelligence assessments. Iran wields extensive influence in the area through its network of militias, including the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, and there are concerns that Iran might work to scuttle a deal that might significantly increase US influence over this part of Syria. He warned against "Iran and its proxies" establishing themselves in southwestern Syria, not "Iran and its satellites".

In southeastern Syria, beyond the bounds of the U.S.

"In the first stage, Russian military police, as well as the Americans and the Jordanians, will ensure security around this de-escalation zone covered by the ceasefire", Lavrov said.

Analyst Ahmad Majidyar, who monitors news sites linked to Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said it seems Iran will only deepen its presence. A separate US-Russia-brokered truce for southern Syria, brokered by the USA and Russia, is finding support by both Iran and Israel.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is at left, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is at right.

Looking For Details On Syria Ceasefire? Don't Ask US Military