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While a process directed by the three main players at Astana is unlikely to form the basis for a political solution that assuages concerns of Western governments or international bodies, it does provide a road map toward a reduction in violence through the "de-escalation" proposal, first posited at the fourth round of talks last May. The de-escalation process to date has successfully brought about enough of a cease-fire to reduce violence between the Syrian government and their allies and the armed opposition in the four de-escalation zones: Idlib province, Eastern Ghouta, northern rural Homs and southern Syria (to include Qunaitra and parts of Deraa governorate). A Russian push through Tal Rifaat and into Afrin suggested an attempt to secure the eastern border of Idlib in advance of any de-escalation, and statements today suggested that Turkey, Iran and Russia will each secure and monitor a part of an agreed upon "de-escalation" zone in Idlib province.
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