On Friday night, 9 September in Geneva, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, held a joint conference with Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov. The purpose was to announce a cease-fire in war-torn Syria.
But according to the Israeli intelligence news service, DEBKAfile, the announcement was not so much about a dubious prospect for peace. The real message was a US surrender to Russia. It was, says DEBKAfile, a handover of "Syrian affairs over to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the country’s military."
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Kerry's announcement in Geneva marked sharp reversal from Obama's stand only one week ago. When Obama met with Putin last week in China, he opposed such an agreement with Russia because it was exactly what Donald Trump suggested several months ago.
Trump is a US presidential nominee for the Republican Party. Obama's opposition party, the Democrats, is fielding former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as its nominee.
According to DEBKAfile, "Trump suggested several months ago that the US should let Putin finish the war in Syria, asserting that the Russian leader would be able to do it better."
Neither Kerry nor Lavrov disclosed details of the cease fire agreement. Little wonder, says DEBKAfile.
Publication of the details would reveal that the rebels in the Aleppo area, and perhaps in all of Syria, have been abandoned.
The Syrian rebels now find themselves trapped by both the Russian-Turkish agreement and the Russian-US agreement, with a noose seemingly closing around them.