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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Russia-Turkey talk turkey about a cease-fire in Syria

Beirut -- Russia and Turkey are talking about a broader cease-fire in Syria after they brokered a deal that allowed rebel-held eastern Aleppo to peacefully evacuate the town. However, there are a number of rebel groups that say they won't agree to any deal until they get more details.

Previous cease-fire attempts in Syria have failed, much like the Democrats this election go-around. The recent cuddling between Russia and Turkey however, may be a game changer--but it won't be easy.

Turkey, Russia and Iranian foreign ministers met in Moscow last week for talks on Syria, ironically, without any Syrians involved in the talks. The reason they gave for the absence of those being directly effected was that they preferred to pursue a grand bargain among great powers with stakes in the conflict rather than a domestic settlement between the government and the opposition.

One wonders if Bashar "The Chin" Assad was upset.

An anonymous official with one faction confirmed that Russian and Turkish officials were discussing a cease-fire proposal that would encompass all of Syria. 

Russia's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that its embassy in Syria was hit by mortar fire. He blamed the attack on "extremists" who are opposed to a peaceful settlement. These people are also known as Muslim extremists and mujaheddin.

Turkey's Anadolu Agency said that Ankara and Moscow reached an agreement Wednesday and had reached an agreement. 

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that a lasting cease-fire and political solution in Syria are "close." But no details were given.

The way things look, however, Russia, Turkey and Iran are getting quite cozy and our so-called president played golf.