How to reach peace in Syria: A recap of recent developments

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By Samuel Richter

We as a nation are nearing a final solution as to what will happen with the United State’s presence in Syria.

Since Sept. 16, there have been many attempts to reach peace in the hostile country. This past weekend Secretary of State John Kerry met in Paris with his counterparts from other nations including France, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Britain.

The committee discussed a plan, which involves allying with Russia to end Syria’s chemical weapons program. The committee also discussed a timeline and the probability of being able to obtain and destroy Syria’s resources.

Minister Sergey Lavrov of Russia sparred with other possibilities of how to deal with the crisis. He was in favor of military intervention if the crisis cannot be resolved within a matter of weeks.

The Syrian government is also holding Russia accountable for the recent chemical attacks on the Syrian civilians.

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro of the United Nations issued a statement that said that there has been no definite answer to who issued and carried out the chemical strike on the civilians of Syria. The investigators from the UN were only able to find evidence of the chemical strikes, not necessarily leading to who is responsible.

Another development that has recently taken the attention of the media and politicians is the death of Abu-Abdallah al-Libi, a top commander of al-Qaeda front group The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Al-Libi was the main commander of the ISIS groups responsible for many attacks along the boarders of Syria.

So far, no group has taken responsibility for his death. The Free Syrian Army (FSA) was able to regain control of the territory and halt all conflict in the region for the time being.

With these developments taking place, there is still no clear path as to what the leaders of these countries will decide on.

I believe that there will be a crucial decision made within the coming weeks that will answer the question of added U.S. military presence in the Middle East, and the future right now is unpredictable and poses many challenges.

 

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