Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump agreed in a phone call on Thursday to carry out the US military withdrawal from Syria in line with their mutual interests, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said. During their phone call, President Erdogan and President Trump agreed that the US withdrawal from Syria should not damage the mutual goals of Ankara and Washington, Anadolu said. The two leaders also discussed…
Berlin has asked the Lebanese authorities to extradite a top Syrian intelligence chief on charges of crimes against humanity, German magazine Der Spiegel reported. The newspaper said on Sunday that days after the arrest of two elements of the Syrian intelligence accused of carrying out thousands of killings and systematic torture, Berlin followed the first step of its kind in the diplomatic framework. It submitted to Lebanon the request for…
A report by the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) found that chemical weapons have been used in Syria much more frequently than previously thought. According to the report which was published by the German news magazine Der Spiegel, there have been a total of 336 "credibly proven" attacks with chemical warfare agents such as chlorine gas or sarin. The investigation found that in 98 percent of cases, the Assad…
The Assad regime is still on the European Commission’s blacklist of nations it considers a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday. Criteria used to blacklist countries include weak sanctions against money laundering and terrorism financing, insufficient cooperation with the EU on the matter and lack of transparency about the beneficial owners of companies and trusts. The commission said it…
German and French prosecutors on Wednesday announced the arrest of three former Assad regime’s secret service officers on suspicion of torture and other crimes against humanity, the first such arrests in Europe against suspected figures in the Assad regime's feared security service. The suspect in France was arrested on Tuesday near Paris on suspicion of committing torture, crimes against humanity and war crimes between 2011 and 2013, Paris prosecutors said.…
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