Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, said that "there is a will to eradicate terrorism and dictatorships and help the opposition organize itself and gain the support of the international community. France’s Defense Minister Jean-Yves Odrian said during his visit to Doha that France and Qatar completely agree that it is unacceptable to leave Syrians with only two options: Either a bloody dictatorship or terrorism.…
Turkey has suggested training and equipping Syrian opposition forces together with its partner states on Turkish soil to help them fight ISIS, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said Thursday. According to the minister, Ankara suggests "using special forces that are already in Syria." "We can separate opposition forces from al-Nusra, al-Qaeda, IS and Hezbollah, and those who are really trained to fight in specific conditions may come to…
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that only Syrian refugees could cross into Syria to defend Ayn al-Arab Kobane, rejecting Western calls to open the frontier. Asked if Turkey will open its borders for Kurdish volunteers to move into Ayn al-Arab Kobane, he said, "Syrian Kurds can cross the Turkish border to fight against ISIS in Kobane." But he drew the line against Turkish Kurds. "When it comes to Turkish…
Obama on Tuesday expressed grave concern over the plight of the Syrian town of Kobane under attack by ISIS militants, and said a US-led coalition would keep up bombing raids there and in western Iraq. “We’re deeply concerned about the situation in and around the Syrian town of Kobane,” Obama said after meeting commanders from a coalition of more than 20 countries fighting the IS group. “There are going to…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused the Assad regime of waging "state terror", equating the crimes of the Damascus regime with those of ISIS. In a speech to the thousands of supporters in the Black Sea city of Trabzon, Erdogan said the Assad regime and IS were both terror groups who should be dealt with accordingly. "We cannot leave their fate into the hands of the murderer Assad…
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