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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Unresolved Iran-Free Buffer Zone in Syria
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
The Putin/Trump joint statement on Syria, issued at the APEC summit in Vietnam, said nothing about an Iran-Free buffer zone in Syria.
Israeli media, citing an unnamed Trump administration source, claimed a Russian/US/Jordanian southern Syria ceasefire agreement includes expulsion of Iranian and Hezbollah forces from the area, eventually from Syria altogether.
Any agreement requires Damascus approval, a sovereign nation, free to invite allied foreign forces into the country on a temporary or permanent basis.
The latter is most likely, given the ominous threat posed by Israel, America, and regional terrorist groups both countries support.
Asked whether the joint Putin/Trump statement on Syria, issued at the APEC summit requires the departure of Iranian and Hezbollah fighters from the country, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: