US State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the head of the Syrian regime, Bashar al-Assad, "has long lost his legitimacy," noting that "Assad's days are numbered." "We believe that the Syrian people will not want to be led by the man who along with his regime are responsible for killing many innocent civilians and attacking his people with poison gas," said Nauert in an interview with Al-Hurra TV on…
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the international community to slap sanctions on the Assad regime after UN investigators blamed Assad regime forces for a sarin gas attack that killed dozens back in April 4. “The (UN) Security Council should move swiftly to ensure accountability by imposing sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for chemical attacks in Syria,” the New York-based rights watchdog said in a statement on Friday. The…
The US-led coalition fighting the ISIS extremist group has confirmed another 51 “unintentional civilian deaths” caused by its airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, raising the number of civilians it has acknowledged killing since 2014 to at least 786. The international coalition conducted 27,566 airstrikes on ISIS targets between September 2014 and September 2017. During this time, 1,266 reports of civilian casualties were made, but the coalition found only 194 of…
The Assad regime is to blame for a chemical attack on the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed dozens of people last April, according to a report sent to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday. “The Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April 2017,” the report from the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ Joint…
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that “the reign of the Assad family is coming to an end. The only issue is how that should that be brought about.” He was speaking after holding talks with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in the Swiss city of Geneva on Thursday. Tillerson said that “the United States wants a whole and unified Syria with no role for Bashar…
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