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Russia Says Deal Bars Pindo Jets From Much of Syria’s Skies. Pindostan Says No.
Anne Barnard, NYT, May 5 2017

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — Pindostan and its vassals will be banned from flying over much of Syria as part of a deal struck by Iran, Russia and Turkey to foster a cease-fire in the Syrian war, a senior Russian diplomat said Friday. But a State Dept spox later said that the agreement, which Pindostan did not sign, does not “preclude anyone from going after terrorists wherever they may be in Syria.” The spox said Russian officials’ interpretation of their own agreement “makes no sense.” A senior State Dept boxtop was at the talks in Astana (as an observer – RB). The deal went into effect at 12:01 am Saturday. The agreement aims to establish four “de-escalation zones,” where Syrian government and rebel forces are supposed to stop fighting each other. But there are many factors that could undermine the deal, as with previous ceasefires. It has not been accepted by all opposition groups, and the Syrian government reserved the right to continue fighting what it called terrorist organizations across the country.

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The Russian statements could also signal an effort to limit Pindosi strikes against Syrian government forces like the one carried out in (supposed) retaliation for a chemical attack last month. They suggested that Pindostani warplanes could be barred from all of the most important areas contested by the government and rebels that are not affiliated with Daesh Nusra. The Russian envoy to the Astana talks, Alexander Lavrentiev, suggested that Russian and Turkish warplanes would also be prohibited from flying over the zones, but he seemed to sketch out a broader no-fly zone for the coalition. He said they would be allowed to fly only in eastern Syria over Daesh-held areas, apparently excluding the entire western spine of the country. The Pentagon spox, Mr Fucking Captain Cunt, would not say his Nazi rulers would honor the zones and promise not to fly over them. One of the representatives of the opposition sounded a more optimistic note than some other rebel leaders. He said in a telephone interview:

The Russians this time are more serious, we sensed it, more than last time. The regime will be committed to the deal, because the Russians are the guarantor. If the Russians say stop bombing, the regime will stop bombing.

On Friday evening, even before the official start of the ceasefire, families in rebel-held areas that have been routinely bombed went to parks, picnicked and organized anti-government demonstrations (How do you know this, Mrs Barnard in Beirut? – RB). The government said in a statement late Wednesday that it “supports” the initiative on de-escalation zones, “including not shelling those areas,” but that it would continue to fight banned terrorist groups like Daesh, Nusra and “affiliated terrorist organizations” anywhere in Syria. Government opponents saw the statement as signaling that the Syrian military intended to keep bombing wherever it chose on the pretext of fighting terrorism (Why?). Mr Lavrentiev told reporters in Astana on Friday, a day after the deal was signed:

Aviation over these territories ceases.

But in response to a question about the coalition, Mr. Lavrentiev did not mince words:

The work of aviation, especially the forces of the international coalition, is absolutely not envisaged. This issue is now closed.

He added that “the only place” where the coalition could operate was against Daesh targets in Raqqa, along the Euphrates, Deir al-Zour and into Iraqi territory.

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The excluded area encompasses Idlib Province, where Pindo warplanes have been carrying out an intensifying series of airstrikes against what boxtops say are Nusra operatives. It also includes some of the areas where Turkey has skirmished with Kurds. And it includes most of the Syrian government’s military installations. The de-escalation zones cover virtually all the areas held by non-Daesh insurgents, a zone encompassing Idlib and neighboring parts of Latakia, Aleppo and Hama; another along Syria’s southern border with Jordan, a third in the eastern Damascus suburbs and a fourth in a pocket of the central province of Homs. Pindo boxtops expressed skepticism that Russia could restrain Syria and concern about the role of Iran. What makes this agreement different is that some of the countries backing different sides in Syria have agreed at least on the possibility of bringing in outside forces to monitor a cease-fire. Pres Putin said on Wednesday that aircraft would not operate over the designated zones, “provided that these zones show no sign of military activity.”

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