The Assad regime’s foreign minister Walid al-Moallem set out conditions for agreeing to the “freeze” plan put forward by the UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura. Moallem said that “we are waiting confirmations from Mr. de Mistura that rebel factions in Aleppo agreed to the freeze plan, that they chose to stay in the city and settle their status at the authorities, that they agreed to the return…
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has called the reaction to the humanitarian crisis in Syria “a failing of international leadership” and suggested she may move into politics in the future if she felt she “could really make a difference.” She added that while it is important not to discount the work being done in Syria, it is clearly not enough, and said that international leaders have so far failed to properly…
The top UN official for humanitarian aid, Valerie Amos, who oversaw international relief efforts in Syria and other trouble spots, is stepping down, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday. Amos had been in the key post for more than four years, overseeing major aid operations in Syria as well as in South Sudan, Iraq and the Central African Republic. Her departure comes as the United Nations is struggling to deal…
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,…
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