Sec. State Kerry’s Plan B waits in the wings
A plan prepared by the United Nations Security Council and backed by the United States and Russia to declare a ceasefire in Syria will be ignored by al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda aligned groups.
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The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions signed up to a temporary “cessation of hostilities” that begins at midnight Friday.
The FSA is largely ineffective. It has been decimated by desertions and fighters going over to jihadist groups. In parts of the country FSA factions fight alongside al-Nusra and the jihadists.
Al-Nusra told its fighters to ignore the peace deal and intensify attacks against the SAA, the Syrian Arab Army.
Despite this the HNC told the government of Bashar al-Assad not to use the “proposed text to continue the hostile operations against the opposition factions under the excuse of fighting terrorism.”
In other words, al-Nusra, the Islamic State, Ahrar al-Sham, Jund al-Aqsa and other groups will exploit the ceasefire to regain territory lost to the Syrian government with Russian support in recent weeks.
Saudi Arabia and Turkey actively support al-Nusra and associated groups under the command structure of Jaish al-Fatah. Turkish officials have admitted they provide logistical and intelligence support to the umbrella group.
Turkey is also linked to Ahrar al-Sham. Saudi Arabia provides arms and money which Turkey moves across the Syria-Turkey border.
Earlier this week Secretary of State John Kerry said if the ceasefire fails the United States will push to balkanize Syria.
“It may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria if we wait much longer,” he told the US Senate foreign relations committee.
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