Russia, Turkey & Iran Propose Conference on Postwar Syria’s Future

Commentary By: Albert Mascheroni

Ezekiel 38-39
In the last days (1st half of Tribulation), an alliance against a restored Israel is formed. NEVER in the history of mankind have these 3 geographical areas ever had an alliance: Turkey, Iran & Russia.

War of Ezekiel 38–39
The War of Ezekiel 38–39 or “The War of Gog & Magog” is an episode described in the Book of Ezekiel chapters 38–39 which tells how Gog of Magog (meaning “Gog from the Land of Gog”) & his hordes from the north will threaten the restored Israel, but will be destroyed by God.

Ezekiel 38 – The Battle of Gog & Magog – 6 Nations Listed:
1. Magog = Modern Day Russia
2. Persia = Modern Day Iran
3. Cush = Modern Day Ethiopia
4. Put = Modern Day Libya
5. Gomer = Modern Day Eastern Europe
6. Beth Togarmah = Modern Day Turkey

Currently, this alliance is at the forefront fighting “Isis”…just steps away from an unsuspecting Israel (Ezekiel 38:11).

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Commentary In Response to Article By: Ivan Nechepurenko

MOSCOW — Leaders of Russia, Turkey & Iran announced an agreement on Wednesday to sponsor a conference aimed at achieving a peaceful settlement of the Syria war. The announcement by the 3 leaders, who were meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, underscored Russia’s increasingly influential role in determining the outcome of the war, which appears to be winding down after nearly 7 years.The conference they proposed, also to be held in Sochi, was announced just days before a new round of peace talks was planned in Geneva, convened by a special United Nations envoy, Staffan de Mistura. It was another sign that Mr. de Mistura’s efforts, frustrated for years, have now been overshadowed by Russia’s actions.

The Sochi announcement also came a few days after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia met with President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, an indication that Mr. Assad had agreed to the idea. Mr. Putin also called President Trump and other regional leaders, reflecting what appeared to be a coordinated effort that highlighted Russia’s role.

Mr. Putin sought to use the Sochi announcement to portray Russia as a flexible diplomatic intermediary in the Syria conflict, despite Russia’s military backing for Mr. Assad, widely regarded by opponents as a war criminal.

“The Syrian people are to decide their future themselves,” said Mr. Putin. “Obviously, the reform process will not be easy & will require compromise & concessions from all of its participants, including the Syrian government.”

The war has displaced half the Syrian population & created a protracted humanitarian crisis w/millions of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries.

Precisely who among Mr. Assad’s adversaries would be invited to the Sochi conference, & when it will be convened, have not been made clear yet. Russia, Mr. Assad’s chief ally, helped turn the tide of the conflict in his favor with a major military intervention 2 years ago. Mr. Assad’s forces have since reclaimed most of the country from Islamist militants & insurgents who had sought to topple him, including rebel groups backed by the United States & some of its allies.

In their joint statement, the Russian, Iranian & Turkish leaders called on representatives of the Syrian opposition “that are committed to the sovereignty, independence, unity, territorial integrity & non-fractional character of the Syrian state” to take part in the Sochi conference.

Mr. Putin, sitting w/President Hassan Rouhani of Iran & President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, said the most important purpose of the conference would be to frame “the future structure” of the Syrian state. Their announcement coincided with a meeting of Syrian opposition factions in Saudi Arabia, who were trying to form a unified position before the Geneva talks on Nov. 28.

For many members of the Syrian opposition, peace in Syria is unattainable before Mr. Assad is held accountable for human rights abuses, including what United Nations investigators have said was the use of chemical weapons by Syria’s military. There were signs on Wednesday that the opposition remained challenged in finding a common position on Mr. Assad.

Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned news website, reported that the High Negotiations Committee, which has represented the opposition at previous Geneva talks, had been troubled in recent days by 10 resignations, including its leader, Riyad Hijab. Al Arabiya said he had taken an “uncompromising line” against Mr. Assad’s participation in Syria’s postwar future. For Mr. Erdogan, the main issue is whether American-backed Kurdish forces in Syria should be involved in any political settlement. Mr. Erdogan regards those forces as enemy affiliates of Kurdish insurgents in Turkey.

“The exclusion of terrorist aspects from the process, is still among Turkey’s priorities,” Mr. Erdogan said.

At the United Nations, officials sought to portray the Sochi announcement as constructive, which in no way undermined Mr. de Mistura’s efforts.

Farhan Haq, a United Nations spokesman, said: “Our focus remains on the meetings that will begin in Geneva on Nov. 28. We hope that all the other processes that are underway will contribute to a successful round of talks.”

Correction: November 21, 2017: An earlier version of this article misstated the location of Vladimir V. Putin’s meeting w/Bashar al-Assad this week. It was in Sochi, Russia, not in Moscow.

View full article at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/world/europe/russia-turkey-iran-syria-war-peace-talks.html

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