It's been a promising news cycle for the tragedies transpiring in Aleppo and across Yemen. Because it is necessary to be skeptical of Russian assurances, we were hesitant to believe the news earlier this week that the bombardment of rebel areas in Aleppo had been suspended by Russia and Assad. Well, this morning we're glad to read that a ceasefire has officially begun. Calling it a ceasefire is a bit generous, though. The Syrian government seems to be allowing people out, but no supplies in - setting the stage for what they hope is a final assault on eastern Aleppo vacant of civilians, warning the rebels "drop your weapons, this is your last chance." We are more than a little worried that all the parties—including the regime and the opposition—will take no negotiated solution to Aleppo, but will only pursue a military conclusion. In Yemen, after a third missile reportedly found its way towards a U.S. warship from a Houthi controlled area, we are breathing a sigh of relief that a 72-hour ceasefire between the rebels and the government has been agreed to. We thought things were heating up in Yemen rather than cooling down, but our prediction may turn out to be regretfully true because it's being reported that Iran has been substantially increasing its arm supplies for the rebels. This is a sign of escalation that might bode badly for the prospects of a more permanent ceasefire. We'll be watching.

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