On October 23, 2013 Syrian authorities have agreed to release ten women from prison. According to Reuters, these ten women are the first to be released out of the 126 detained. This hostage situation exchange is international and involves the following countries: Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, and Qatar.
The women’s release was from the demand of the kidnappers from northern Syria (the rebel group). These Syrians rebels have with them nine Shia Lebanese hostages, whom they assume to be part of the Hezbollah (a terrorist group in Lebanon that supports the Assad regime), since 2012. The relatives of those hostages have with them two Turkish pilots. They’ve kidnapped the Turkish pilots because Turkey has opened up their borders to the Syrian’s refugees. This deadlock was broken Turkey and Qatar negotiated the releases for the hostages.
It is said from Aljazeera that such a successful negotiation is rare, and the goal for this negotiation is to convince the rebel groups in Syria to join a peace conference that is going to be held in November, that is why the Syrian authorities allowed the women to be released. They try to appeal to the rebels by releasing the women detained in prison. However, before that the rebels have refused to attend to the conference unless Assad was removed from presidency.
1) By doing this do you think that after the 126 women are released, will the rebels change their minds about attending the peace conference in November?
2) What does Qatar have to do with all of this?
3) Will this have an effect on the Syrian Civil war, and how will this effect it if it does?