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Have US and Russia struck a secret deal on Syria?

The Trump administration has been in secret talks with Russia on the subject of Syria, in an attempt to establish a "de-escalation zone", The Wall Street Journal reported.

Published: June 10, 2017, 3:01 pm

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    According to sources cited by the WSJ, the safe zone would be located in the southwestern part of the country.

    Two meetings have reportedly already taken place, the last one two weeks ago in Jordan and included Jordanian officials. A meeting scheduled to take place in Amman this week was canceled due to time restraints.

    White House officials told the Journal they hoped to continue working with Russia to combat and destroy the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a common enemy for many countries. According to the UN, some 400 000 Syrians have perished since the start of the conflict in 2011.

    Russian Colonel General Sergey Surovikin issued a stern criticism of the US after it had attacked three Syrian and allied military convoys in southern Syria between May and June of 2017.

    “The coalition (US) air forces and the strongholds of the forces of New Syrian Army (now known as the Revolutionary Commando Army) have blocked the way of the government forces, tasked with defeating IS (ISIS) group”.

    Since his statement was issued, not only has the United States ceased its attacks on Syrian forces in southern Syria, and stopped the jihadists under its control from attacking Syrian forces.

    Some have suggested that a secret deal between the US and Russia has been struck, whereby the US will allow the Russian Aerospace Forces to clear important roads for Syria and its allies on their way to Deir ez-Zor while not allowing pro-America jihadists on the ground to interfere with the progress of Syrian allies, including Hezbollah.

    Meanwhile the German federal prosecutor’s office announced on Thursday, that an arrested suspect, “Mohammed G.,” was working on behalf of the ISIS news agency Amaq.

    German authorities said in a statement, Mohammed G. began his work soon after arriving in Germany in September of 2015. The New York Times reported that Amaq has been used by ISIS to claim responsibility for some of its most high-profile attacks.

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