Syrian War: Is Bashar al-Assad Stepping Down?
The Syrian war has been dragging on for the past six years, and resolution to this conflict is far from real unless Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad steps down, according to reports.Advertisement
According to the Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC), its report released early this week in London as reported by the Telegraph, lasting peace can only be achieved in Syria if al-Assad leaves his position.
Over the years of relentless bombings carried out by al-Assad’s troops in different parts of Syria controlled by Syrian insurgents and militants, thousands have already died, mostly civilians.
In this crucial time of transition toward a more peaceful Syria, pessimism has no room. According to the report, al-Assad and his cronies must be out of the picture. The report, which primarily provides an outline for a transition government from the dictator form to a full democracy, was presented before UK’s Foreign Minister Boris Johnson.
“It is no mere piety that leads us to call for Assad to leave power. He can have no part in the future government of a new Syria — because as long as Assad is in power in Damascus, there will be no Syria to govern,” Boris was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said that Russia and the United States have a “long way to go” before they can arrive at an agreement to have a ceasefire in Syria. Both Russia and the U.S. have been relentlessly fighting the surge of the Islamic State in Syria, which wants to overthrow al-Assad’s government, The Guardian reported.
Although both countries have one common goal, to pulverize the IS conducting numerous terrorist attacks in different parts of the world, their campaigns are backed by different factions in Syria with conflicting agendas.
For one, the U.S. has been supporting Syrian opposition groups, including the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a group with known connections to terrorist group al-Qaeda. Although the group has recently announced it has cut ties with the notorious group, Moscow is doubtful.