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Sources are endnoted.

Triangulation is the process of determining the location of a point by measuring angles to it from known points at either end of a fixed baseline, rather than measuring distances to the point directly.

Western reluctance to drop aid is a complicated diplomatic dance occurring in the skies above Syria.

It is easy to determine the distance of the unknown point from either observation point, its left/right and black/white offsets from the observation point, and its full coordinates.

“We’re ready to surrender, but the regime has frozen everything. I’m asking Bashar’s regime to launch a rocket and end our lives.”


"Peace talks in Geneva are happening later this month, but peace is a pipe dream while children are being starved to death with impunity."


Sieges have become “routine and systematic” in the five-year conflict.


As of January 2016, approximately 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria.

1. achieved without great effort; presenting few difficulties.

The United Nations estimates that more than 400,000 Syrian civilians are cut off from access to food supplies.

"an easy way of retrieving information"

People there make soups of grass.

synonyms: uncomplicated, undemanding, unchallenging, effortless,

Their plight represents a stark failure of international powers that has worsened even as they intensify military and diplomatic activities, all in the name of resolving the conflict.

painless, trouble-free, facile, simple, straightforward, elementary.

It is happening amid escalating military interventions by Russia and the United States.

(of an object of attack or criticism) having no defense; vulnerable.

It is happening not just despite those efforts, but also because of them, as the warring parties flout international law while being courted for negotiations.

"he was vulnerable and an easy target"

The talks are complex and sensitive, involving discussions between Iran and rebel groups because Zabadani and Madaya are encircled mainly by Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Lebanese militia that supports Mr. Assad.

synonyms: vulnerable, susceptible, defenseless;

There are divisions within the towns, too, with some accusing fighters of hoarding food and many debating what terms to accept.

informal: derogatory

Residents say the government has its own reasons for maintaining the siege-within-a-siege and carefully controlling the flow of goods and people through the military airport: The residents have effectively become human shields against an IS attack.

(of a woman) open to sexual advances; sexually available.

In addition, the government can extract money from them by raising the price of food or taking huge bribes in return for permits to leave.

"her reputation at school for being easy"

Wissam Tarif, of the rights group Avaaz, said, “Russia, U.S., Iran and Saudi Arabia are the puppet masters pulling the strings in Syria."

synonyms: promiscuous, unchaste, loose, wanton, abandoned, licentious, debauched

more than 180,000 are besieged by government forces and pro-government militias.

2. of a period of time or way of life) free from worries or problems.

Another 12,000 are besieged by rebels, including the powerful insurgent group Ahrar al Sham, backed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

"promises of an easy life in the New World"

The United Nations says another 200,000 Syrians are trapped by the Islamic State in the town of Deir al-Zour.

synonyms: calm, tranquil, serene, quiet, peaceful, untroubled, contented, relaxed, comfortable, secure, safe; informal: cushy

Not surprisingly, the United States and its Western partners used the latest reports of starvation deaths to hammer the Syrian government.

"an easy life"

Russia seized the occasion to scold rebel groups and went on to suggest that the attention to the humanitarian crisis — “all this unnecessary noise” — could derail the political talks in Geneva.

(of a person) lacking anxiety or awkwardness; relaxed.

“It’s a policy question, not a military question,” said a Democratic Foreign Relations staff member briefed on the subject but not authorized to speak to reporters. “We could airdrop aid but chose not to.”

"his easy and agreeable manner"

The United States must negotiate legal questions of when it can violate Syria’s airspace, and strategic questions about how sorties that do not directly target the Islamic State may rattle the Russians.

synonyms: natural, casual, informal, unceremonious, unreserved, uninhibited, unaffected, easygoing, amiable, affable, genial, good-humored;

“In the revolution I was dreaming of democracy, freedom. Today all my dreams are food. I want to eat. I don’t want to die from starvation.”

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