The top UN official for humanitarian aid, Valerie Amos, who oversaw international relief efforts in Syria and other trouble spots, is stepping down, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. Amos had been in the key post for more than four years, overseeing major aid operations in Syria as well as in South Sudan, Iraq and the Central African Republic. Her departure comes as the United Nations is struggling to deal…
Thursday, 27 November 2014 07:59

France Pushing For Syria 'Safe Zones'

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says France is working with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, who has proposed a freeze in fighting in Aleppo, in order to allow for humanitarian aid and to lay the groundwork for peace talks. Fabius emphasized that protecting Syria’s second city, Aleppo, is key, saying that it is the next target for both President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and IS. "Abandoning Aleppo would mean condemning…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:52

Turkey To Host Training For 2,000 Syrian Rebels

Turkish and U.S. forces will train 2,000 moderate Syrian rebel fighters at a base in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir as part of the campaign against Islamic State insurgents, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Monday. US Vice-President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed two days ago ways to defeat Islamic State and strengthen the Syrian opposition. Mr Biden, who was in Turkey for talks,…
US Vice-President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed ways to defeat Islamic State and strengthen the Syrian opposition. Mr Biden, who is in Turkey for talks, said they discussed how to pursue a "political transition" in Syria. The US wants a bigger Turkish role in the fight against IS, but Turkey wants this linked with plans to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Mr Biden also praised…
US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday meets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aiming to ease strains over the crisis in Syria and persuade Turkey to step up its support for the coalition against Islamic State (ISIS) militants. Washington is frustrated by the relatively limited role played by Turkey in the fight against ISIS who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria right up to the Turkish border. Turkey in…
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