US President Barack Obama said he is “not optimistic” about Syria’s future, warning that Aleppo was likely to “fall”.

Obama said the Russian and Iranian backing for Syrian government had made the situation untenable for the opposition.

“I am not optimistic about the short-term prospects in Syria,” he said Sunday at a summit of Pacific leaders in Lima.

“Once Russia and Iran made a decision to back (President Bashar ) Assad in a brutal air campaign… it was very hard to see a way in which even a trained and committed moderate opposition could hold its ground for long periods of time.”

Obama earlier Sunday urged greater efforts to end the violence when he met Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

In Damascus, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura proposed during a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, that the militants have their autonomous zone in the east of Syria’s second city, warning: “We are running out of time, we are running against time.”

Moallem said the proposal was completely rejected because it violates Syria’s sovereignty, wondering: “How is it possible that the UN wants to reward terrorists?”

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Sean_in_Nyc
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2016-11-21 12:30

Lets hope Trump does what he says. However, I have heard several of his top guys still talking about Iran being the enemy we have to stop. Heres hoping that does not apply to Syria.

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2016-11-21 14:53
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Oui, mais en même temps quand tu vois le site de Fars News qui est officiel, tu vois que les Iraniens sont stupidement agressifs déjà envers Trump. Ils n’attendent même pas de voir ce qu’il va faire.

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2016-11-21 17:23
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Iran kind of are the enemy, they’re just not the biggest enemy. People like you act as if Iran are great, when in terms of human rights and exporting terrorism, they’re only slightly better than Saudi Arabia.

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2016-11-21 13:11

Well, due to the acts Obama backed against Syria, reading he’s not optimistic means that Syrians can be optimistic to get rid of jihadists on short notice. Now, a fantastic snub Assad could do would be to modify the Syrian constitution and as Rojava did, mostly patterning the new one on the Swiss one, thus making Syria one of the most democratic countries on Earth! (and taking great care that any sectarian based party shall not being allowed by constitution on any notice!), serious human rights enforcement, freedom of press, etc etc, even renaming the country as Syrian Republic instead… Read more »

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2016-11-21 17:21
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Unrealistic; Assad is a dictator, he’d never relinquish power (yes, the closest we have to ‘a good dictator’ but let’s be real here), nor go deny places primarily to his own sub-religion, of the Alawites. Iraq are way too corrupt and religious to go full democratic or secular.

You’re applying common sense, Western logic to Muslims, a big mistake. They’re not like us.

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2016-11-21 22:21
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Having a secular state is not interfering with people practising their religion. Iraq wasn’t sectarian under Saddam, it’s Bremer that fuelled sectarianism confrontation and, BTW, the Iraqi sectarianism is in fact VERY low : this was mostly a neo-con invention to fool western public opinion. Mustapha Kemal managed to make Turkey absolutely secular, thus, the error was made to let a religion-based party to enter the political game, now Turkey is going backward b***s to the wall. If you followed what happened since Dr.Assad came to power, he’s very likely to be OK with democratic reforms but there were strong… Read more »

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2016-11-22 02:11

Staffan de Mistura later reiterated that it is the UNs position that the Palestinians should abandon their hopes for their own state and the South Korea should immediately surrender to North Korea.

This clown needs to be immediately fired.