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Los Angeles Times

Syria's Assad uses the truce as
latest weapon against rebels

In the lead-up to the so-called Geneva II peace conference this week, the Syrian government has quietly pursued a campaign of truce-making with opposition-held communities in and around Damascus that could further weaken the opposition movement and bolster President Bashar Assad's global standing.


For months, the government has been negotiating cease-fires with civilian leaders of neighborhoods and suburbs of the capital that have been under the control of opposition fighters and therefore under bombardment and sieges that have kept food and medicine from reaching residents.


In what some in the opposition view as the latest setback for the uprising against Assad, deals have been struck with civilian committees or activists to raise the government flag, hand over weapons or expel rebel fighters in exchange for essential supplies and an end to the government attacks.

 

(The Los Angeles Times/Raja Abdulrahim and Patrick J. McDonnell)


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For months, the government has been negotiating cease-fires with civilian leaders of neighborhoods and suburbs of the capital.