emerges in Syria ahead of new round of Geneva talks
Spotlight: Military showdown re-emerges in Syria ahead of new round of Geneva talks
The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (2nd R) shakes hands with Syrian Ambassador to the UN and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Jaafari (3rd L) before meeting at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March. 24, 2017. The UN-mediated latest round of intra-Syrian peace talks kicked off in Geneva. (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan)
DAMASCUS, March 24 (Xinhua) -- It seems like the one who wins the upper hand in the battles on ground gets to dictate his conditions for a political settlement, and that's what is basically happening in Syria.
Last Sunday, and just days ahead of the resumption of the Syria talks in Geneva, several rebel groups, including jihadists with the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front, unleashed a massive offensive on government-controlled areas in the east of the capital Damascus, rattling the residents there with many suicide bombings in the hope of breaking through the fortifications of the Syrian army.