U.N. special envoy Staffan de Mistura has been working furiously to secure a local cease-fire, or “freeze zone,” in the battered Syrian city of Aleppo, and this week he reported that the Assad regime was prepared to suspend its attacks on the city. I believe I can offer some insight into what such a pledge really means. I survived a local cease-fire in Syria.
At the start of 2014, I was a hunted man. After blocking food and other critical supplies from reaching us for more than a year, Bashar al-Assad’s forces had just strong-armed my home town, Moadamiya, into signing a local cease-fire.… Seguir leyendo »