By Voice of America News: Scott Bob report from Azaz, Syria. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

May 4, 2017; Al Jazeera

In a conflict like Syria’s, which has raged on for nearly a decade without an end in sight, any positive step is a thing to be celebrated. This week, a cautious agreement between aggressors established “de-escalation zones” where humanitarian aid may be more safely distributed and refugees are encouraged to return.

A reporter from Al Jazeera was present at the talks in Astana where a leaked copy of the agreement was provided to AFP. He disclosed where “the locations of the ‘de-escalation zones’ are likely to be: Idlib and th