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…
U.S. airstrikes targeting the ISIL have helped Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford said during a meeting at the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. "The airstrike campaign which we started in September has actually hurt the moderate opposition. It has discredited them on the street, because our strike targeted territory taken by the Al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front which has been fighting…
Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkey’s Foreign Minister, warns that the Assad regime may seek to extend its control on more areas taking advantage of the strikes carried out by the US-led coalition against ISIS. “Pro-Assad forces are filling the vacuum caused by the expulsion of ISIS militants out of the areas under their control, and it is no secret that there is no significant difference between ISIS and Assad as they both…
Saturday, 15 November 2014 08:23

Turkey to Grant Syrian Refugees Work Permits

Turkey is to issue work permits for some of the 1.5 million Syrian war refugees it is hosting, its labor minister said Thursday, dismissing fears it would harm local workers. "We will grant a certain number of our Syrian brothers work permits to allow their employment within a legal framework, without hurting the local workforce," Faruk Celik told private NTV television. Celik said the measures are aimed to crack down…
Saturday, 08 November 2014 08:42

Obama Requests Additional Funds to Fight ISIS

President Barack Obama will ask lawmakers Friday for an additional $3.2 billion to pay for the war against the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria, including funds to train and arm Baghdad government forces, officials said Thursday. The funds will help cover the cost of replacing bombs in the weeks-long U.S.-led air campaign against ISIS militants and assistance for Iraqi army troops and Kurdish forces battling the ISIS on…
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