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Syria’s government-run news agency said on Monday that the attack occurred about 18 miles north of the city of Deir el-Zour. Damages were estimated at around 1.5 million cubic meters of gas.These attacks come on the heel of a previous attack last week when rebels were reported to have taken control of the al-Tanak oil field, also in eastern Syria.As in any war, the spoils of war includes civilians; the fighting in Syria is reported to have claimed between 41,000 and 57,000 lives so far. More than 500,000 others have sought shelter in refugee camps in Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. With the advent of winter conditions for many of those refugees will become critical.
Repeated efforts by the international community to find a political solution to the crisis have failed. A peace initiative launched by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has failed, as have efforts put forward by the Arab League.n Indeed, finding a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis remains extremely difficult for a variety of reasons.
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First, while numerous attempts have been made to unify the opposition, forces opposed to Bashar Assad and the Alawite-dominated regime remain greatly divided over core issues. That, of course, is seen as a plus card by the Syrian government who hopes to capitalize on the opposition’s fractures to solidify its position.
Second, although the United States and its European allies all want to see the end of the regime, many, including the US, are treading very softly, fearing that the victor in this war could well be an Islamist, pro-al-Qaida faction.
Third, both sides believe they could still defeat the other side militarily and therefore want to hold back on negotiating. The common view being why negotiate and have to give away part of the cake when you can win it all on the battlefield.
As recently as last weekend another attempt to negotiate a ceasefire by Lakhdar Brahimi, who represents the United Nations and the Arab League, failed to bring the two sides any closer.
The one “novelty” in the Syrian conflict is that the situation seems to be heading towards what Brahimi `described as the “Somalization” of Syria and the rule by warlords. This in fact would not a dissimilar to a situati0n that Syria helped establish in neighboring Lebanon when it went through its civil war – one that lasted 19 years.
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Brahimi, a veteran diplomat, with a proven track record has however hit a brick wall in trying to bridge the vast schism existing between the numerous militia groups fighting to overthrown Assad.
The rebels are now demanding the unconditional departure of Assad prior to any talks with the government side, a condition that stands very little chance of becoming a reality. While observers in the Syrian conflict will disagree over most issues, the one point they all seem to converge on is that Bashar Assad will not abandon the presidency. At least not on his own free will.