US, Russia fail to reach deal on Syria truce

01 September 2016, 01:07 | Isaac Mcdaniel

There is still no substantial agreement between Russian Federation and the United States on effective cooperation on Syria, US Department of Defense spokesperson Peter Cook said, Sputnik reports.

Russian Federation backed a 48-hour ceasefire in Aleppo ahead of Friday's talks but United Nations officials said they were still waiting for parties on the ground for the effort to go ahead.

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov "have achieved clarity" on a path to restore a truce in Syria but details remain to be worked out.

Yet the comments by Kerry and Lavrov also reflect how the two countries remain far apart on big issues, including Assad's fate and the USA insistence that his forces, as well as Russia's, not target moderate opposition groups as they pursue the Nusra and Islamic State, whose headquarters are in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Their failure to reach an overall agreement underscores the increasingly complex situation on the ground in Syria, including deep divisions and mistrust dividing Washington and Moscow, as well as the intermingling of US-backed militants with the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group and the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front. Turkey's recent decision to intervene militarily in Syria also highlights the nature of the conflict as a proxy war between regional powers.

"We want to be very measured in our expectations as we go forward into this meeting, but we believe the meeting is worth having", State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Wednesday.

Staffan de Mistura, the U.N.'s Syria envoy, told reporters in Geneva earlier this week that Friday's talks are important and could make progress toward getting back to political negotiations.

2 killed when shuttle bus, car crash near Boston airport
A 57-year-old woman from El Paso, a passenger, is still being treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for serious injuries. Two passengers in the shuttle van, a man and woman who are both from out of state, died at the scene, police said.

Trump Says He's Not Flip-Flopping on Immigration
But Robin Luich, 52, a stay-at-home mother from Medina, Ohio, said those who've broken the law should be permanently barred. Bush as examples. "We're dealing with people", Trump said during an interview with Fox News on Monday morning.

Unlock Mobile with your eyes
With a giant 5.7-inch curved AMOLED display this device is, without doubt, one of the best looking devices money can buy. Samsung will be offering customers their choice of a free 256GB MicroSD card or Gear Fit 2 when they purchase a Note 7.

"Today I can say that we achieved clarity on the path forward" for a revamped cessation of hostilities, the top USA diplomat said. However, as in Moscow, neither Kerry nor Lavrov would describe them in detail.

As a possible sign of tightening cooperation, Moscow vowed Thursday to work with the United States on a response after a UN investigation found that the Syrian government had carried out at least two chemical attacks. Last week, the US had to call for Russian help when Syrian warplanes struck an area not far from where USA troops were operating.

On that point, he said the United States has not fulfilled its promise to separate the rebel groups it supports from Al-Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, which has been fighting side by side with US -backed forces.

In the days ahead the technical teams, which include U.S. and Russian military and intelligence experts, will try to figure out ways to separate the opposition groups, backed by the U.S. and Gulf Arab countries, from the jihadis.

The US and Russian Federation are aiming to strengthen military cooperation in the fight against the IS.

Meanwhile, in a blow to the opposition, rebel forces and civilians in the besieged Damascus suburb of Daraya were to be evacuated on Friday after agreeing to surrender the town late Thursday after four years of grueling bombardment and a crippling siege that left the sprawling area in ruins.



Other News

Trending Now

Oil prices dive as US crude reserves jump
International Brent crude oil futures were trading at $48.30 per barrel at 0652 GMT, down 7 cents from their previous close. October crude fell 91 cents, or 2%, from Tuesday's settlement to $45.44 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Labour contender Owen Smith in pledge to fight Brexit negotiations trigger
And that surely is something that has to be challenged, is challenged in the Scottish Parliament", he said. The Bakers' Union, which has around 19,000 members, is affiliated to Labour.

Private prisons unfazed in Florida despite DOJ's phase-out
Privately-run prisons are not as safe or effective as government-run facilities and will be phased out, the United States says. Yates said the Justice Department would not terminate existing contracts but instead review those that come up for renewal.

5 face weapons charges in deadly New Jersey highway shootout
Jones says that police are looking for a third vehicle that witnesses say may be connected to the incident. Rosemond Octavius, 22, was killed in the shooting that happened in his hometown, Egg Harbor Township .

2 dead, 36 hurt after bus crash in LA
A state police news release Tuesday says Louisiana State Police will continue to lead the investigation of the crash itself. There were 35-40 people on the charter bus who were also transported to local hospitals with minor to moderate injuries.

Andrea Tantaros "An Opportunist", Not A "Victim"
The network said she never complained about Ailes or sexual harassment during an internal investigation some months ago. Shine and the rest of his crew are rejecting our challenge because they know that they would fail", Burstein said.

Webb solid in Cal debut, Bears beat Hawaii 51-31 Down Under
On the very next play, Webb found Hansen on a quick screen and the redshirt junior did the rest, bolting for a 34-yard touchdown. Webb would throw two more touchdown passes in the second half to complete a nice, relatively easy debut with the Golden Bears.

Dozens treated as heroin overdose spikes hit several states
OH emergency medical personnel past year administered almost 19,800 doses of naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan. The drug is 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states.

Guardiola: City focused on trimming squad
Slaven Bilic thinks West Ham are capable of upsetting Manchester City on Sunday, in the same way they did last season . Guardiola has nearly a fully-fit squad from which to choose, with 30 players having taken part in training on Friday.

EE teams up with Apple Music to tempt United Kingdom mobile customers
The latest salvo has been again directed towards musicians and their availability on particular streaming services. EE's latest move makes it the first United Kingdom operator to offer Apple Music for free.