Wednesday, 25 February 2015 17:08

Obama Renews Call for Assad to Step Down

US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that it is impossible to stabilize Syria with Bashar Assad in power, as he hosted Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the Oval Office. "We both are deeply concerned about the situation in Syria. We'll continue to support the moderate opposition there and continue to believe that it will not be possible to fully stabilize that country until Assad, who has lost…
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…
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