Assad regime: Syria ceasefire is officially over

Assad regime: Syria ceasefire is officially over
Aftermath of Assad regime's airstrikes on Aleppo in August

Assad reigme declared an end Monday to a week-old Syria ceasefire brokered by Russia and the United States following violations on all sides, including a U.S.-led coalition airstrike that mistakenly killed dozens of Syrian soldiers.

Assad reigme military blamed rebel groups for undermining the ceasefire that aimed to bring the country’s bloody five-year civil war to an end.

The military said in a statement that “armed terrorist groups” repeatedly violated the cease-fire that went into effect on Sept. 12, the AP reported. The military said the armed groups also took advantage of the truce to mobilize and arm themselves while attacking government-held areas.

“It was assumed that the ceasefire will present a real chance to end the bloodshed, but terrorist groups did not adhere to any of the points of the agreement on a ceasefire, the number of violations on their part has exceeded 300,” reads the statement published by SANA news.

According to the statement, the “Syrian Army has shown the highest level of endurance in confronting the abuses by terrorist groups.”

The Assad regime claims that “armed terrorist groups took advantage of the declared ceasefire” in order to regroup and mobilize additional forces.

It adds that the militants aimed to continue attacks on “residential areas” and military sites in several regions, including the war-ravaged city of Aleppo.

Rebel groups countered by accusing the Assad regime forces of violating the cease-fire, the AP said. The United Nations said the Assad regime has obstructed the delivery of aid, a key component of the deal.

Last week Assad regime’s forces breached the agreement by attacking rebel-held areas in Idlib.

After three days which saw a marked decrease in violence and no deaths in Syria, the first civilians since the start of the ceasefire agreement were killed on Thursday.

Three more died and 13 were injured in air strikes in rebel-held Idlib province on Friday, the Observatory said. A number of shells were also fired by rebels into two besieged Shi’ite villages.

Clashes hit areas east of Damascus on Friday. Residents in the city center were woken up by a large explosion, a witness said, and shells fell near its eastern limits.

The Britain-based Observatory said the violence stemmed from clashes between rebels and government forces in the Jobar district on Damascus’s eastern outskirts. Each side said the other had attacked first.

While the world is trying badly to find a political solution for the Syrian crisis, Assad made a new statement that reveals his true intentions. He vowed again this week to use the military force to win back the entire country, which has been torn intoo areas controlled by rebels, Islamic state militants and Kurdish militias

US-Russian negotiations, can it revive the truce?

US Secretary of State John Kerry said it was too early to call the ceasefire finished, and the United Nations said that only Washington and Moscow could declare it over, as they were the ones who had originally agreed it.

He noted that the truce did allow some aid to reach Syria, but stressed that the cessation of hostilities did not produce the desired decrease in violence.

“We have not had seven days of calm and of delivery of humanitarian goods,” Kerry said on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Monday.

State Department spokesman John Kirby noted the Assad regime’s comment but pointed out “our arrangement is with Russia, which is responsible for the Assad regime’s compliance, so we expect Russia to clarify their position.”

He said the United States is prepared to extend the cease-fire, “while working to strengthen it and expand deliveries of assistance.”

As part of the truce agreement, Russia and the United States had said if the cease-fire lasted for seven days they would begin cooperating on military operations against the Islamic State and the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham — previously known as Nusra Front — in Syria.

Russian-U.S. cooperation now appears in jeopardy following Assad regime forces attacks on rebel-held neighborhoods over the weekend, the inability of aid convoys to reach besieged areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo and the apparently mistaken airstrikes on Saturday that killed at least 62 of reigme forces and wounded 100 more.

The Pentagon expressed regret for the airstrikes, which it said were meant to target Islamic State militants battling the regime forces. Instead, the militants gained an advantage from the airstrikes that included Australian, British and Danish warplanes.

The Syrian crisis began as a peaceful demonstration against the injustice in Syria. Assad regime used to fire power and violence against the civilians and led to armed resistance. 450.000 Syrians lost their lives in the past five years according to UN estimates, and more than 12 million have lost their homes. Syria