Europe map labeled: Syria: Run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

Run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. The latest developments surrounding Syria call this very common proverb to mind. Although credible diplomatic gains were achieved last year with the contributions of Turkey, Russia and the U.S. to put an end to the humanitarian crisis and find sustainable political solutions for the overdue conflict, the exit door still looks blurry. According to the generally accepted view, in this blurry picture of Syria major roles belong to Washington and Moscow. Yet, the actors on the scene seem to adopt the following tactic: Run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. Their reluctant stance can be illustrated within an example, where both have embraced a vague and contradictory stance, up to now, in order to fully implement the Manbij and Idlib road maps in Syria to end the Assad regime and PKK-affiliated groups’ brutal actions.

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