‘If that’s not a civil war, I don’t know what is’

UN/LAS Special Envoy Brahimi met Russian Foreign Minister today: “the [Syrian] government says they are fighting terrorists and only terrorists, and that it is their duty to do so — to protect their people. And the other side [the rebels] says they’re fighting a very cruel government that is persecuting them, and they are just defending themselves”, he said after the meeting. He also recalled talking to a Syrian woman who has one son in the Syrian regular military and another son in the Free Syrian Army, and that’s when he stated the poignant truth: “if that’s not a civil war, I don’t know what is”. Neither do we. Neither do they.

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