Friday, 13 March 2015 17:02

US Renews Calls on Assad to Step Down

The United States on Thursday renewed its call for Bashar al-Assad to step down, marking the fourth anniversary of the civil war by paying tribute to "the brave Syrians" fighting tyranny. "For four years the Assad regime has answered Syrians’ calls for freedom and reform with unrelenting brutality, authoritarianism and destruction," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. "As we have long said, Assad must go and be replaced through…
Britain, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States are holding an exhibit at the United Nations of graphic photos taken in Syria by a former military police photographer that show evidence of brutal torture against detainees in Assad’s jails. About two dozen of some of the 55,000 photographs taken - some showing eye gouging, strangulation and long-term starvation - went on display at U.N. headquarters in New York…
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said the United Nations is incapable of making a decision in favor of the Syrian refugees. He expressed astonishment over the UN shrinking of food aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey, pointing out that Turkey has opened its doors and welcomed Syrian refugees fleeing from the Assad regime’s brutality. “It is well known that Turkey hosts over 1.6 million Syrian refugees, some in camps…
Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said that “reaching the peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict based on Geneva 1 Conference demands achieving military balance on the ground, during a press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry.“The continuity of this crisis not only led to destruction of Syria … it also made Syria a safe haven for terrorist organizations, with the endorsement of the illegitimate Bashar Al Assad’s regime.…
The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on a U.S.-drafted resolution to condemn the use of chlorine as a weapon in Syria and threaten to take action if such arms are used again in the conflict on Friday. The new draft resolution "condemns in the strongest terms any use of any toxic chemical, such as chlorine, as a weapon in the Syrian Arab Republic." It also "stresses that…
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