According to the US State Department, Washington succeeded in its efforts aimed at bringing peace and security to Syria in 2015.
Writing on the agency’s official blog, the departments spokesperson John Kirby includes a bold subheadline of “Bringing Peace, Security to Syria” above a slightly more modest entry that refers to the U.S. aid for those affected by the country’s turmoil and the U.S. push for a political transition from President Bashar Assad.
Meanwhile the reality on the ground is still grim and any positive change could hardly be attributed to the US alone.
Sputnik news reports:
Kirby tried to sum up America’s diplomatic achievements across a range of issues, including Iran nuclear deal, Ebola and climate change, using a Twitter hashtag #2015in5words. “Bringing Peace, Security to Syria” is what he believes the US helped to achieve in the war-torn Arab country this year.
It is hardly enough for the country devastated by nearly five years of war and torn apart by countless radical and terrorist groups. The conflict has claimed the lives of approximately 250,000 people and the death toll continues to climb.
“More than 11 million refugees have left the region, many of whom swelled onto European shores in the fall of 2015; it’s not clear how many will ever get asylum in Europe, or elsewhere around the world, including in the United States,” Francis detailed.
A UN report, released in March 2015, stated that four in five Syrians live beyond the poverty line, the journalist noted in an opinion piece for Foreign Policy. Words, such as peace and security, evidently do not describe Syria’s current state.
“The conflict in Syria has continued to unfold in tragic ways over the course of 2015,” Kirby himself acknowledged in the blog post.
Despite these trends, there are positive developments that could eventually lead to sustainable peace in the country. The UNSC resolution is one of them. Damascus’ recent victories on the battlefield, made possible by Russia’s counterterrorism campaign in Syria, also play crucial role in bringing stability and peace to the country.