Syrian peace talks in Geneva this week may be delayed indefinitely after fighting has continued in recent days despite the cessation of hostilities that has been in place since February 27. The peace talks would be the second time that the Assad government and rebel forces would try to come to an agreement, with the help of both Russia and the United States. Although the hope has always been to end the devastating five-year civil war, the question of whether President Assad will remain in power or not continues to weigh heavily on the discussions. Furthermore, many of the rebel groups are allies with ISIL, who was excluded from the ceasefire in February. Therefore, government strikes against ISIL in the northern Aleppo province have been under criticism for attacking rebel forces as well, and may cause a deterioration in the potential for peace.