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After days of vicious procrastination the Russians relented Saturday and agreed on a cease-fire to end one of the most ferocious assaults by the Syrian regime and its allies, supported by sophisticated Russian weaponry.As the U.N. Security Council breathed relief following the passing of the humanitarian resolution in the wake of international outcry over the massacre of the residents – men, women and children – of rebel-held Ghouta, Russia's motivation for stalling became apparent: Every minute the council waited for another Russian suggestion, the human suffering in the Damascus suburb grew. The collusion between the Russians, Syrians and Iranians was never more obvious than when Iran's army chief of staff reiterated Sunday that the Security Council resolution does not cover "terrorist groups" and that therefore Eastern Ghouta would continue to be targeted.
Imposing a fait accompli
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