Amid Bombings, Syria Peace Talks Stall
March 15, 2017
Two suicide bombings in Damascus have marked the seven year anniversary of the Syrian civil war in terrible fashion. The first bombing took place at a government judicial building; the second at a popular restaurant. There are reports of 30 dead and dozens injured, and these numbers are sure to increase as the day goes on.
The message behind the bombings is clear: though the Assad government and its allies have won major victories on the battlefield, peace will continue to elude them so long as a political solution isn’t reached.
Work on such a deal has already begun, and talks involving Turkey, Iran, Russia, and the Assad government, are now in their third round in the Kazak capital of Astana. Unfortunately, there’s not much to be optimistic about since the rebels aren’t even at the negotiating table.