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Syrian young man taking a “selfie” with armed Syrian Opposition armed forces in Aleppo, Syria – Reuters

Syrian young man taking a “selfie” with armed Syrian Opposition armed forces in Aleppo, Syria - Reuters

Syrian young man taking a “selfie” with armed Syrian Opposition armed forces in Aleppo, Syria – Reuters

Beirut- After a month of implementation, the Syrian truce is now on stake, especially after the armed Syrian Opposition convening today in Turkey to decide on whether to continue with their commitment to ceasefire or not.

Items on the political settlement paper assembled by U.N. Special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will also be discussed at the meeting.

Senior Free Syrian Army (FSA) military commander Rami Al-Dalati told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the meeting will look into the state of affairs of ceasefire and papers brought in by de Mistura.

He emphasized that the main reservation the Opposition factions have on de Mistura’s papers is the ambiguity on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s future, which was the same reason that rendered previous Geneva peace talks unsuccessful.

“Everything is negotiable for us, except Assad’s departure from authority,” Al-Dalati added.

Legal FSA Adviser Osama Abu Zaid told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the armed factions wish to review their stance on the truce. The revision is within the cast shadows of persistent violations committed by regime forces and the political process not working at required speed.

On a diplomatic level, yesterday, China officially intervened in the ongoing Syrian crisis. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the first Chinese envoy to Syria has been officially assigned to mission.

Syrian National Coalition member Abdul Ahad Astifo, in a statement made to Asharq Al-Awsat, said that the Chinese measure will cut long distances between the Syrian Opposition and China short.

On the other hand, Lebanon now faces growing fears of tens of ISIS fighters shifting positions and head towards the Lebanese interior, crossing Lebanese eastern border shared with Syria.

After regime forces preparing to regain control over the city Tadmur, terrorists are fleeing towards borders.

Lebanese sources close to the matter revealed that ISIS foreign combatants are expected to breach eastern Lebanese barren zones.

Sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the new-coming terrorists are expected to range between a 100 to 200 militants that are to join a 600 thousand armed ISIS and al-Nusra Front composed swarm of fighters dominating the region.

Middle-East Center for Studies and Public Relations chairperson Hisham Jaber predicted latent escalation and ISIS militants doubling in numbers on the eastern Lebanese front for the upcoming period. New divisions and troopers fleeing the intensified air pounding in Syria and Iraq will soon join them, he added.