Lebanon Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi confirmed on Tuesday that a plot to kill former pro-Syrian Information Minister Michel Samaha, who is on trial on terrorism charges, has been thwarted. Rifi told al-Liwaa newspaper that he had received information from a highly credible security agency that Samaha would be killed during his transfer to hospital for having information about the Assad regime. The former minister and two Syrian officials have been…
Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Syrian opposition groups will be trained and equipped by a joint U.S.-Turkey program that will also fight against the Syrian regime. The trained Syrian opposition members are “expected to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL] and elements of the [Syrian] regime,” Çavuşoğlu said Feb. 19th to answer whether the program also aims to struggle against Syrian regime forces. Turkey and…
The Assad Regime’s “deliberate stoking of sectarian tensions” helped to catapult the rise of ISIL, President Barack Obama said on Thursday.The Assad regime fomented tensions and led a "war against his own people and helped to pave the way for ISIL’s gains there” by failing to govern inclusively, Obama added during remarks at a White House counterterrorism summit.Obama urged world governments to address the grievances – political and economic –…
Friday, 20 February 2015 15:43

UN Urges Assad to Release Detainees

UN human rights chief on Thursday urged the Assad regime to release all activists, lawyers and other detainees they have been holding without due process, including some jailed for years.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein estimated that between tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of people have been held at some point in government jails since the first anti-Assad protests erupted in Syria nearly four years…
Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said that “we cannot accept that those with blood of the Syrian people on their hands can be part of Syria's future. This is unlikely. Assad cannot remain president of Syria endlessly."Koenders stressed that "the uprising against the Assad regime was sparked by various reasons and for legitimate demands. The status quo in Syria puts us in front of two choices: Assad or ISIS, but…
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