Qatar's foreign minister on Tuesday welcomed a Russian-brokered agreement for "de-escalation" zones in Syria but said the plan was no substitute for a political transition that would see Bashar al-Assad step down. "It is good to have de-escalation zones but this must be a step to reach a solution to the Syrian crisis and not to use it as an excuse to delay this solution and to postpone the political…
Head of the Lebanese Forces Samir Geagea blamed Iran for several regional conflicts, saying that Iran’s actions breach the legitimacy of countries in the region. He stressed that Hezbollah has made a strategic mistake by getting involved on the side of the Assad regime in Syria. Speaking to Al-Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper on Friday, Geagea said that “wherever Iran puts its finger, problems follow.” “In Syria, had it not been for…
The Assad regime continues to manufacture chemical weapons in violation of a 2013 deal to eliminate them, according to a Western intelligence agency. A document obtained by the BBC said that chemical and biological munitions are still being produced at three main sites near Damascus and Hama, adding that both Iran and Russia, Assad’s main allies, are aware. The intelligence document noted that the Assad regime is still manufacturing chemical…
Sexual violence continues unabated in Syria as a tactic used by the Assad regime and the ISIS extremist group to terrorize, coerce, and control the civilian population, the United Nations has said in a recent report. The UN Security Council's report on conflict-related sexual violence was circulated on Thursday and covers the period from January to December 2016. According to the report, the Assad regime is using sexual violence as…
The Action Group for Palestinians in Syria (AGPS) said that at least 17 Palestinian journalists and media volunteers have been killed in Syria since March 2011. According to a documentary report released on Wednesday and entitled “Palestinian Media Staff Killed in the Syrian War,” AGPS said that the victims died while covering battles or while providing civilians with relief assistance across the ravaged Syrian cities and towns. The report shed…
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