Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Syria needs "proxy peace" to replace proxy war, top European Union diplomat says

Syria needs

The meeting was held at Harran Hotel, and a total of 50 tribe leaders coming from Syria's Raqqa, Al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor regions agreed to form "The Army of Al Jazira and Euphrates tribes" to put an end to the invasion of their lands by Daesh and the PYD. In the interview, Assad condemned the US-led coalition's military presence in Syria. And once it does, it likely will take months to defeat IS in its Syrian stronghold, much as the battle to wrest from Mosul from IS in neighboring Iraq has taken months and is not yet over.

In Syria, it is working with an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias.

On March 9, the US-led coalition against Daesh confirmed that a US Marine Corps artillery unit had deployed to Syria to aid local forces in the Raqqa offensive.

The troops would likely come from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit - now on its way to the region - and the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, which recently made its way to Kuwait, according to a report in The Washington Post by TM Gibbons-Neff.

"They can observe each other's movement", Dorrian said.

The proposed increase in conventional forces would follow similar deployments in recent weeks that have supplemented special operations forces, of which roughly 500 have been on the ground for some time.

The Observatory said just over 60,900 government soldiers were killed, as well as 45,000 Syrian militiamen and over 8,000 foreign fighters loyal to Assad's government.

Though Assad has refrained from attacking foreign forces hostile to his regime that are operating within Syria's borders, this recent escalation has prompted him to step up his rhetoric. The Syrians want peace, they deserve it, as they want and deserve to finally have the possibility to shape the future of their country. And there is much the European Union is ready to do, together with the United Nations and the rest of the global community.

"Maybe tomorrow we don't see anymore people killed, or more children killed, or people leaving the country". "They tell us where they are going to be and we tell them where we are going to be and our forces do what they can to stay away from each other".

"Today in a sense the entire country has become a torture-chamber; a place of savage horror and absolute injustice", UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said on Tuesday.

"It's a real possibility you could have an American mandate over eastern Syria", says CNAS's Heras - "not because the USA wants it, but because there would be no other foreign actor with the ability to hold and stabilize that territory". The trouble is, reflection is precisely what we need.

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