Obama proposes agreement with Russia to target militant groups in Syria

Published June 30th, 2016 - 07:43 GMT
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama (AFP/File)
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama (AFP/File)

Russia proposed working with the US to target radical groups in Syria like Nusra Front back in May, but nothing came of it. Now, The Washington Post’s Josh Rogin reports that US president Barack Obama has proposed a military coordination plan with Russia of his own. The proposal would “deepen military cooperation between the two countries against some terrorists in exchange for Russia getting the Assad regime to stop bombing U.S.-supported rebels,” according to the article.

The US and Russia have been bombing their respective enemies in Syria at the same time since Russia began aerial operations in November 2015. Will the two powers finally work together? And how will it go down?

On Twitter, much of the immediate reaction to the news came from Assad critics, who panned the proposal.


2015: Obama condemns Russian raids in Syria
2016: Obama coordinates Russian raids in Syria

It is unclear how Russia, and others in the pro-Assad camp will respond. At best, it will weaken groups like Nusra Front known for their radical ideology and brutal violence. At worst, it will simply spell out more bombs falling on Syria.

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