Thursday, 27 November 2014 07:59

France Pushing For Syria 'Safe Zones'

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says France is working with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, who has proposed a freeze in fighting in Aleppo, in order to allow for humanitarian aid and to lay the groundwork for peace talks. Fabius emphasized that protecting Syria’s second city, Aleppo, is key, saying that it is the next target for both President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and IS. "Abandoning Aleppo would mean condemning…
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:52

Turkey To Host Training For 2,000 Syrian Rebels

Turkish and U.S. forces will train 2,000 moderate Syrian rebel fighters at a base in the central Turkish city of Kirsehir as part of the campaign against Islamic State insurgents, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Monday. US Vice-President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed two days ago ways to defeat Islamic State and strengthen the Syrian opposition. Mr Biden, who was in Turkey for talks,…
US Vice-President Joe Biden and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have discussed ways to defeat Islamic State and strengthen the Syrian opposition. Mr Biden, who is in Turkey for talks, said they discussed how to pursue a "political transition" in Syria. The US wants a bigger Turkish role in the fight against IS, but Turkey wants this linked with plans to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Mr Biden also praised…
US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday meets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan aiming to ease strains over the crisis in Syria and persuade Turkey to step up its support for the coalition against Islamic State (ISIS) militants. Washington is frustrated by the relatively limited role played by Turkey in the fight against ISIS who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria right up to the Turkish border. Turkey in…
U.S. airstrikes targeting the ISIL have helped Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford said during a meeting at the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. "The airstrike campaign which we started in September has actually hurt the moderate opposition. It has discredited them on the street, because our strike targeted territory taken by the Al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front which has been fighting…
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