The meeting of the international coalition against the Islamic State started in London on Thursday with the participation of foreign ministers of some 21 Arab and Western countries, as well as Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi, his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The meeting, held upon a request by UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, discusses military operations that have been launched so far against…
“Winter has brought more hardship to Syrians already struggling to find safe shelter and ways to feed, clothe, and protect their families from illness and exposure to risk,” Yacoub El Hillo, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, said in a press release. The official’s comments come as many Syrians continue to reel from the brutal winter storm that has battered large swathes of the Middle East, dumping snow and rain…
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called for the establishment of no-fly zone over Syrian city of Aleppo. "The source of the problem is not only fight with Islamic State". We want a no-fly zone ... so that Aleppo will be protected at least against the air bombardment and there will be no new refugees coming to Turkey," - he said in an interview with Reuter's. "There will be no new…
The UN Special Envoy for Syria said continued fighting in the country is a "disgrace" that has set the country back 40 years. "It is a true tragedy that people all over Syria continue to be living under constant fear of barrel bombs, mortar attacks, rockets, aerial bombing, car bombs, kidnappings, extrajudicial killings," said Staffan de Mistura. “We are starting 2015 with the Syrian conflict being the largest humanitarian crisis…
Secretary of State John Kerry said actions of Bashar al-Assad are drawing terrorists to Syria and that the U.S. hopes Russian efforts to broker Syrian peace talks can ease the situation. “We hope that the Russian efforts could be helpful; we hope that the UN efforts” can “have an effect,” Kerry said after a meeting with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura today in Geneva. Kerry called on the…
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