• Armed groups due to meet with Assad officials in Kazakhstan
  • Talks seek to cement truce, encourage dialogue, Russia says
    Russia’s push with Turkey and Iran to end the war in Syria enters a new phase on Monday with peace talks in Kazakhstan that leave the U.S. effectively on the sidelines.

    Syrian officials and representatives of armed opposition groups will meet in the Kazakh capital, Astana, for negotiations hosted by the three powers. The talks follow a cease-fire in Syria brokered by Russia and Turkey late last month that continues mostly to hold, in contrast to earlier U.S.-Russian attempts. It’s not clear if the talks will be face to face.

    The U.S. is now “marginal to the war” in Syria and its relative exclusion from the initiative will “not prevent the Turks and the Russians coming to and implementing an agreement,” said Faysal Itani, an analyst with the Atlantic Council in Washington.

    It seems that President Donald Trump will be distancing himself from the ongoing wars in the middle east that Washington has started and funded. A new step today is taking place in America. Maybe we can start to direct our spoils of war to the average citizen. (SEE: Russia Seeks Syria Peace With Turkey, Iran as U.S. Sidelined

    This comes just days after, The Iranian and Turkish delegations held talks on Saturday in Astana, Kazakhstan, ahead of the planned talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups on Sunday.