There’s Finally Been Some Progress in Syria

The Background 

Things in Syria have gone from bad to worse in recent months, but there’s finally a small sliver of hope. Yesterday, Iran, Russia and Turkey (three of the biggest benefactors of the country’s civil war) signed an agreement to implement de-escalation zones across the region. While it’s going to take a long time to repair relations and end the conflict in Syria, this is certainly a step in the right direction. If all parties can stick to the agreement and honour the zones, there will be four areas in Syria that will be safe from violence, including strikes from Bashar Al-Assad’s Air Force. Global News

Why You Should Care

The conflict in Syria needs to come to an end asap, and the only way to get there is if these three nations come to some sort of agreement, and start working together to defeat the Levant Liberation Committee (an al-Qaeda-linked group). It would be nice if they’d oust Assad while they’re at it, but for now, we’ll take what we can get (and it looks like we might get a tiny bit of peace).

The Gist

Iran, Turkey and Russia reach an agreement to implement de-escalation zones across Syria. Now we just have to hope they stick to their word.