Walid Jumblatt, head of the Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party, stresses that “there is no solution with Assad in power,” during a meeting with Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister. He added that “anyone who claims to know what is going to happen in Syria errs, and lacks understanding of the consequences. There is a regional, global struggle in Syria, and if the war continues this way, a real danger threatens…
Saturday, 13 December 2014 09:52

Reports of Iranian Support Dwindling for Assad

A French diplomatic told Al Arabiya TV channel that Iran, Assad’s staunchest ally, showed flexibility with regard to Assad’s survival in power amid a flurry of talks to reach a settlement for the Syrian conflict. The French diplomat talked about a change in the Iranian position on Assad survival or his departure from power, but he added that he could not determine whether the Iranian position is a positive one…
Thursday, 11 December 2014 10:15

Saad Hariri: Lebanon must End Siege on Arsal

Lebanon must step in to lift the "siege" imposed on the northeastern border town of Arsal by relatives and supporters of a Lebanese captive killed last week, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Wednesday. “The government is responsible for ending this blockade and tasking the Army with restoring the state’s prestige,” Hariri wrote on Twitter. He said the government should also work towards defusing tensions between rival towns in reference…
Al Nusra Front has threatened to kill two more Lebanese soldiers unless the wives of some of its commanders are released from detention within 24 hours. The threat comes a day after the group killed a young Lebanese police officer it was holding captive. Nasr al-Hariri, Secretary General of the Syrian Coalition, condemns the execution of the Lebanese soldier Ali al Bazzal, describing the act as “a heinous unacceptable crime.”…
At the Hague Wednesday, the U.S. accused the Syrian regime of continuing to use chemical weapons on civilians as recently as September, despite claims that it has fully destroyed its stockpile as required under a 2013 U.N. treaty. The Obama administration frequently cites that U.S.-Russia brokered deal as a major foreign policy success, in part because the diplomatic agreement helped avert U.S. military strikes triggered by a sarin gas attack…
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