Summit on Syria collapses
A GLOBAL summit on Syria’s future in Vienna last Friday failed to achieve a breakthrough on ending the four and a half year war.
The talks between the foreign ministers of 17 nations — including Iran — got stuck on the question of the future of President Bashar al-Assad.
Assad’s Russian and Iranian backers insisted that he would remain as part of the solution, while the Saudis and others demanded his removal.
The United States announced it was planning to send around 50 specialoperations troops as advisers to rebel groups fighting Daesh and the Assad regime.
For the past two weeks, a joint Iranian-Syrian ground force has been trying to advance towards rebel-held areas near Aleppo.
According t o Israeli sources, despite intensive air attacks by Russian warplanes, the rebels seem to be well-entrenched and the Iranians have been taking more casualties than expected.
Over the weekend, there were two reports from Syria of air attacks by Israel against Hizbollah targets near the Lebanese border. Israel has not confirmed or denied these reports.