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3 hrs ago | Reuters
Russia is pushing for the issue of Syria's alleged past nuclear activities to be removed from the agenda of the U.N. atomic agency's board, diplomats said on Wednesday. Western members of the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency are against the Russian initiative as they believe Damascus should be kept under pressure to cooperate with the IAEA's long-stalled inquiry, the diplomats said.
7 hrs ago | ABC News
The United States and other Western governments have dismissed the idea of cooperating with Syria in the fight against Islamic State militants, who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria. But the Shiite-led government in Baghdad together with Iran and the Lebanese group Hezbollah have been important allies for Mr Assad since the uprising against his rule erupted in 2011.
As the U.S. moves towards equipping Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria it should not "play his [Syrian President Bashar Assad's] game," House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Ed Royce said Tuesday, noting that the opposition forces which the U.S. will be supporting are fighting both the terrorists and the regime. Royce said on the House floor that Assad has avoided confrontation with ISIS, even colluding with the terrorists by buying oil from them while "focusing his efforts on wiping out these rebels in Aleppo that we're talking about supporting."
Al-Qaeda has urged militant groups in Iraq and Syria to put their differences aside and unite against a US coalition which will strike against the Islamic State . There are reports that IS has gone underground following the US airstrike announcement.
BEIRUT: Supporters of ISIS claimed its fighters had shot down a Syrian warplane using anti-aircraft guns Tuesday in what would be the first such incident since the Al-Qaeda breakaway group declared a cross-border caliphate in June. The news came as U.S. airstrikes targeting ISIS in Iraq extended to areas southwest of the capital, according to U.S. Central command.
A Free Syrian Army fighter sits behind an anti-aircraft weapon, February 8, 2013. Israel stands to lose the popular support it gained among the Syrian population of the Golan Heights for allowing Assad regime aircraft to bomb opposition-held villages near the border in recent days, a Free Syrian Army commander told The Times of Israel on Tuesday, voicing dismay at the West's reluctance to provide the moderate opposition with basic means of self-defense.
Health and border officials in Malta and Italy are struggling today to recover the stories and cadavers of at least 800 migrants believed to have drowned in five separate incidents, the majority - at least 500 - killed when their boat was deliberately rammed and sunk by Egyptian smugglers whom they had paid for the voyage. A migration crisis of biblical proportions is unfolding in southern Europe: a record 130,000 migrants have arrived in Italy and Malta from northern Africa in the first nine months of 2014.
Kasab's descent into hell began at 5.30 am precisely on March 21st 2014 when merciless shelling from the Turkish side of the Syrian border rained down on the undefended Armenian village, not only sending its 2,000 residents into panic but portending the apocalypse that was about to befall them. Over 20,000 fanatics from al Nusra, the Free Syrian Army and a number of other extremist groups swarmed over the border on motor bikes, pick-up trucks and Western ambulances converted into troop and munitions carriers for this blitzkrieg.
Dan Linville and his son were sitting in their living room when they smelled smoke. When they looked outside, they saw a black cloud coming over the hills.
Wounded Syrian men wait for treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus on September 9, 2014, after reported airstrikes by Syrian government forces that killed over 10 people and wounded dozens. The UN commission investigating war crimes in Syria blamed President Bashar Assad's government for committing the bulk of atrocities inside the war-torn country, exceeding the toll from the horrific massacres perpetrated by Islamic State fighters.
Though he's come around some to the idea of launching a military strike against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as its militants storm the Middle East, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, argued Monday on "CBS This Morning" that heeding President Obama's request to arm Syrian rebels would be "a mistake." "They're the weakest fighting force there," Paul said of the moderate Syrian rebels, pointing to a non-aggression pact with ISIS they reached last week.
Syria's army has destroyed a bridge used by Islamic State militants as a supply route for moving weapons into eastern Syria. Deborah Gembara reports.
Secretary of State John Kerry made clear during a roundtable with reporters in Paris on Monday that the U.S. is open to communicating with both Iran and Syria on their shared concerns regarding the ISIS extremist group, although he insisted it's not "coordinating" with either of them. But the administration does not appear to have a clear answer for when communicating ends and coordinating begins.
Maybe I missed it in a weekend devoted to an estate sale rather than politics, but did you see this little news item from Agence France-Press dominating world media coverage? No, wait, let me guess: you didn't. Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State have agreed a non-aggression pact for the first time in a suburb of the capital Damascus, a monitoring group said on Friday.
UN Fijian peacekeepers members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force wave as they ride on top of a vehicle while leaving the Syrian side of the Golan Heights into the Israeli side of the strategic plateau, on September 15, 2014 UN peacekeeper forces reportedly withdrew from all of their posts in the Syrian Golan Heights Monday, as regime forces and rebel factions continued to wage battle for control of the areas adjacent to the Syrian-Israeli border. A source with the UN said soldiers from the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force evacuated from Camp Faouar - their main headquarters in Syria - into Israel, out of concern for their safety, CNN reported.
Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad expressed skepticism about a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants, saying that any coalition that excludes Syria and Russia could have "certain" agendas, the state news agency SANA reported Monday. Mekdad made the remarks in response to U.S. efforts to form an international coalition against the IS terror group in Iraq and Syria but excluded Russia and Syria.
Updated: Wed Sep 17, 2014 08:37 am
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