Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, suggested Sunday that the United States could do more to fight terrorism but predicted eventual defeat for the new-but-extremely-violent Islamic State group. He argued that Islamic State, which has over roughly the past year gained prominence and strength in Iraq and Syria will collapse under its own power. He said the group’s violent nature would prove to be an unsustainable…
Lebanese Interior Minister Nihad Machnouk said that the Ministerial Committee on Syrian Refugees ruled out deportation of any Syrian refugees or citizens out of Lebanon, stressing that the newly introduced measures primarily aim to regulate the influx of Syrian refugees in light of the exceptional circumstances in Lebanon resulting from the large number of Syrian refugees already in Lebanon. He pointed out that “these new regulations does not imposing visas…
Sunday, 11 January 2015 10:30

UAE Aid Airlift To Syrian Refugees

The President, Sheikh Khalifa, on Tuesday ordered a rapid emergency airlift of lifesaving aid to a million Syrian refugees as a fierce winter storm threatened the Levant. Blankets, winter clothes, medicine, food and heaters are being flown to refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, and to Gaza and other parts of the Palestinian territories. The first flight was due to take off in the early hours of Wednesday morning.…
Friday, 09 January 2015 10:43

OPCW Reaffirms Assad Used Chemical Weapons

A UN-backed chemical weapons watchdog has offered more proof that the Syrian regime led by President Bashar al-Assad has employed chlorine gas during the ongoing civil war. In the latest report released by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the agency says "with a high degree of confidence" chlorine gas was used in at least three villages during a conflict last year. The 117-page report, drafted by…
French President Francois Hollande on Monday urged more support for the "moderate" Syrian opposition groups seeking to oust the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad and he excluded any alliance with the Syrian leader to fight against ISIL and other extremists in that country. Speaking on "France Inter" radio, Hollande again regretted that there was no military intervention in Syria at a time when this was justified because of the regime's…
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