With another string of bombings that killed over 150 and injured an estimated 180 on Sunday, it seems that the international community is getting more deluded by the day about the situation in Syria. Where is the conditional ceasefire in Syria so close to fulfillment? John Kerry stated that the provisional agreement between Russia and the US was nearly done, and yet he seems to have forgotten one of the most major elements in this entire conflict; The Islamic State.

Once more IS claimed responsibility for this horrific attack in Homs and Damascus, targeting Shias in response to the government’s move towards recapturing Aleppo, assisted by Russian air strikes. Not even a single faction in this fight is seemingly considering laying down arms, if only to provide access to humanitarian aid, and yet somehow claims are being made that fighting will be stopped soon. Bashar Al Assad had just asked for refugees to come back, claiming that their lives were not in as much danger as when they fled. The Syrian government’s apathetic behaviour towards its own people is abominable, but statements from Assad clearly imply that the government has absolutely no handle on the situation.

With a total of 34 soldiers killed in two separate bombing incidents in Turkey, Erdogan’s government also looks to be stepping its bid to supply rebels opposed to the Kurds, in addition to shelling Kurdish territory along its southern border. Turkey is one of the architects of this new ceasefire too as is Moscow, which has consistently conducted an aerial campaign. Both are getting increasingly hostile by the day, and this flare-up will only lead to more conflict in Syria. Iran still supports Assad, Saudi Arabia and Western powers continue to oppose him which makes the possibility of a long-term solution minute unless there is a drastic change in the strategic policy of all interested parties.
The only possible way a cessation in hostilities can be achieved is if the powers first stop conducting strikes and the supply of arms to their favourite faction in Syria. Let humanitarian aid pass, and then come to an agreement over what is to be done. If the world powers will continue to pit their chosen rebel group against another, the fighting will continue unabated. There is too much money being spent on arms to supply militias, and unless this changes, people will keep dying by the hundreds.