ISIL or Daesh fighters in two key Syrian towns are nearing defeat and when that happens it could be the “moment of truth” for the future of the country, UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday.
Speaking in Geneva, the veteran negotiator said that Deir-ez-Zour was essentially liberated from the extremists.
Raqqa, Mr de Mistura added, was only days or at most, weeks away from freedom.
His comments followed the publication of a UN report showing that grave right violations of international law continue in Syria as all parties to the conflict “scramble” to position themselves.
Daniel Johnson has more.