Syria, Russia Scrap Idlib Ceasefire, Resume Airstrikes

Al-Qaeda refused to withdraw from buffer zone

Syria and Russia have announced the end of last week’s Idlib Province ceasefire on Monday, and have resumed some airstrikes against rebel targets in the northwestern province.

Officials say the decision was because the rebels had not complied with the terms of the ceasefire, both in that some rebel faction attacked a Russian base, and more importantly, reestablishing the buffer zone isn’t happening.

Nor indeed was it going to. Al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front said that their support for the ceasefire was intact, but that they had no intention of complying with the term of withdrawing 20 km out of the buffer zone.

This appears to have convinced government forces that the truce was unsustainable, so the few days of calm the locals got appears to have come to a close, and fighting is once again raging in the area.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.