U.S. Military Official: Syria Cease-Fire Not Derailed

Posted September 20, 2016 at 8:04am

USA Today reports that “an alleged U.S.-led coalition airstrike on Syrian soldiers has not derailed a cease-fire agreement between Russia and the United States to halt fighting in Syria, the top U.S. military officer said Monday.”

“’There’s been a lot of unhelpful rhetoric over the last couple days,’ said Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ‘It hasn’t yet … derailed the process we’re involved in with the Russians to seek a verifiable cessation of hostilities.’”

“Still, the future of the cease-fire agreement appeared to be in jeopardy Monday, as a United Nations aid convoy was hit while trying to deliver aid to civilians trapped in Syria’s civil war, and the Syrian military said it was pulling out of the truce because of rebel attacks.”