A rebel faction in the northern Hama Province, which mostly has fought to capture villages populated by religious minorities in the area, has announced that they are withdrawing from the Turkey-Russia ceasefire today, blaming Russia for a “lack of commitment.”
The ceasefire has largely been holding, and the rebels involved in the Astana peace talks agreed to extend the ceasefire just days prior. Previously, there had been arguments about whether or not al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front was a party to the ceasefire, as Syrian forces kept attacking them.
This appears to have been resolved with the text of the ceasefire confirming Nusra was never intended to be part of the deal, and Nusra attacking rebels who went to the peace talks on the grounds that they were “conspiring” against them.
It’s unclear exactly where Jaish al-Ezza, the rebel faction that withdrew, stands in the ongoing fighting between the anti-Nusra coalition that formed last week and Nusra’s own coalition, which formed yesterday, but being at least a little bit south of the Idlib Province allows them to play both sides without being directly involved.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- France Remains Committed to Iran Nuclear Deal - February 19th, 2018
- Russian FM Slams Calls to Halt Idlib Offensive - February 19th, 2018
- Turkish Officials Hope to Resolve Manbij Issues With Dialogue With US - February 19th, 2018
- Strikes Kill Scores in Syria's Eastern Ghouta in the Past 24 Hours - February 19th, 2018
- Israel Arming at Least Seven Syrian Rebel Groups - February 19th, 2018