Insurgent sources claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military has stalled on withdrawing heavy weapons from population centers and continues to kill people, albeit at a slower rate than as of Monday. Syrian state news, on the other hand, claims that rebels have bombed a military bus and slain an army officer. Assad spokesmen are lobbing the phrase “aggression from terrorists,” three words that have accompanied heavy artillery bombardments on residential areas during the past year.
And Twitter, in keeping with the 12 months leading up to the ceasefire, is a-chatter with eyewitness claims of shelling, snipers and vehicular mayhem from Assad’s forces.
Is this week’s semi-peace pause a baby step to civil coexistence in Syria? Is the ceasefire an opportunity for Assad to stall and regroup? What, if anything, should the U.S. be doing to influence this highly explosive situation? Leave it in comments.