Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday said only two Russian air strikes in Syria had targeted Islamic State militants and warned that Ankara would not make any concessions on the security of its borders.In televised comments Davutoglu said only two out of 57 Russian bombardments had targeted IS fighters while the others had targeted moderate rebels backed by Turkey and the United States, claiming that the figures were based…
France's foreign minister said on Tuesday his country was working on a United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at stopping Assad's forces from using barrel bombs against Syrian civilians. Western diplomats have said a resolution demanding an end to barrel bombing - something that France has previously been spearheading with Spain - would be helpful as it would emphasize the Syrian government's continued use of such weapons, in clear violation…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 22:17

John Kerry Raises Issue of Syria No-Fly Zone

Secretary of State John Kerry has raised the possibility of a no-fly zone in Syria to protect civilians even as President Barack Obama has consistently rejected the idea, several administration officials told CNN. Officials said Kerry has asked his staff to further develop the idea and raised the issue at a National Security Council meeting last week, where Obama discussed the U.S. strategy for stemming the bloody civil war in…
The United States and NATO denounced Russia on Monday for violating Turkish airspace and Ankara threatened to respond, reporting two incursions in two days and raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the former Cold War adversaries.NATO held an emergency meeting in Brussels of ambassadors from its 28 member states to respond to what Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called "unacceptable violations of Turkish airspace" after a Russian jet crossed its frontier…
Russia's bombing campaign in Syria is a "grave mistake" and its support for the regime will be judged by history, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Sunday. Unfortunately, Russia is making a grave mistake," he said. Given Moscow's friendly relations with Turkey, its actions in Syria are "worrying and disturbing," Erdogan said. The strikes will "isolate Russia in the region," he predicted. "What's Russia trying achieve there anyway?" Erdogan…
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