Mr. Souleman Yuseph, an Assyrian activist in Qamishly, analyses the latest development in Syrian war and speculates about the near future of the country. He thinks the entity of the country will be kept, but different people, especially those who have armed groups, are going to gain local power over their own destiny in one or another way. Syria will not return to the old system of central rule like it has been before the war. The participation of Russia has, according to Mr. Yuseph, a long term strategic goals, while the US seems more seeking short term solutions about the governance of the country. He says the real power to get a solution lays in the meetings of Astana for the armed groups and not in Geneva. The peace talks in Geneva has now reached their sixth part without the parts even have met face to face. Therefore he thinks the talks in Geneva are a show to keep the political groups busy until a final agreement is reached between the main actors; Russia, USA, Turkey and Iran.
As to the coalitions of Kurdish forces to liberate Raqqa and the Syrian army’s attempt to liberate Der-e-zor from IS, he does not think there will be any hard fighting. He believes all is a show to the public opinion, while IS will probably withdraw from both Raqqa and Der-e-zor in some kind of a deal with the attackers.