Syrian ceasefire will simply not happen in a week - Oped in the Daily Telegraph by Chris Doyle

In an article in the Daily Telegraph on Friday 12 February, Caabu Director, Chris Doyle argues that the latest agreement in Syria that calls for a cessation of hostilities within a week sadly will not deliver. 

Doyle argued that "The likelihood is that the next few days will see even more intensified strikes to cement Russian gains specifically to give Syrian government forces control over vital border crossings in the north and the south as well as ensuring the encirclement of Aleppo."

He argued that a more likely timeframe may be closer to the Russian proposal for a cessation of hostilities by 1 March. 

"Do not be surprised if, when any cessation of hostilities does occur, it is closer to 1 March than over the next seven days.

To paraphrase Groucho Marx, the Russians want to keep fighting – they have at least three more weeks rent on the battlefield."