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Intra-Syrian Talks Officially Start in Geneva

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Intra-Syrian Talks Officially Start in Geneva

The delayed intra-Syrian talks to end five years of bloody warfare officially started in Geneva on Monday with two hours of talks between the United Nations mediator and the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC). “As far as we are concerned, their arrival at the Palais des Nations and initiating the discussions with us is the [...]

Intra-Syrian Talks for Ceasefire Delayed

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Intra-Syrian Talks for Ceasefire Delayed

Intra-Syrian talks that were scheduled to begin in Geneva Monday under United Nations sponsorship will now start on Friday. The first priority of the talks will be a broad ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and halting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS). But in announcing the new date, [...]

Syria: ‘Starvation as a Weapon Is a War Crime’

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Syria: ‘Starvation as a Weapon Is a War Crime’

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the situation is “utterly unconscionable” in Syria and warned that the use of starvation as a weapon during conflict is a war crime. “Perhaps nothing more urgently reflects the need to act than the harrowing scenes from Madaya,” Mr. Ban said in New York on Thursday. For months, the [...]

UN Wants Access to Besieged Areas in Syria

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UN Wants Access to Besieged Areas in Syria

The UN calls for unimpeded humanitarian access to reach those in need in hard-to-reach and besieged areas in Syria, according to a statement issued Thursday. “We are particularly concerned about the plight of nearly 400,000 people besieged by parties to the conflict in locations such as Deir Ez- Zor city, Daraya, Foah and Kafraya, as [...]

UN Sets Date to Begin Intra-Syrian Peace Talks

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UN Sets Date to Begin Intra-Syrian Peace Talks

The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has set 25 January 2016 as the target date to begin talks between the parties aimed at ending the five-year-old conflict, it was announced Saturday. The announcement, issued in Geneva, where the talks are also expected to take place, comes just over a week after the Security Council [...]

Russia to Offer Solution for Syrian Conflict Settlement

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Russia to Offer Solution for Syrian Conflict Settlement

President of Russia Vladimir Putin held a briefing session Friday with the permanent members of the Security Council. According to a statement issued by Kremlin, the participants discussed ways to cut off sources of terrorist funding in light of the relevant resolution adopted by the UN Security Council. The participants exchanged views on Syrian conflict [...]

U.S. Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists

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U.S. Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in Syria Attack, [...]

Syrian Children Facing Harsh Winter Weather

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Syrian Children Facing Harsh Winter Weather

Another harsh winter is looming for more than eight million Syrian children living inside the war-ravaged country or as refugees around the region and beyond. Preliminary weather forecasts indicate that this winter could be harsher than last year’s with temperatures in some mountainous areas dropping as low as minus 13°C during the coldest days of [...]

Will Military Tension Defuse between Turkey and Russia?

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Will Military Tension Defuse between Turkey and Russia?

By Rakesh Raman Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Saturday that Turkey and Russia are equally important to each other. This is the first significant attempt by Erdoğan to reach out to Moscow after hitting down a Russian warplane on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin had called the Turkish action a “stab in the back,” [...]

Turkey Shoots Down Russian Aircraft Near Syria

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Turkey Shoots Down Russian Aircraft Near Syria

By Rakesh Raman Russian President Vladimir Putin was quick to react Tuesday accusing Turkey which shot down a Russian military aircraft on the border of Syria. Putin called the Turkish action a “stab in the back,” adding that the attack was perpetrated by the forces that support terrorists. Putin’s statement holds significance, as the U.S.-led [...]

Vladimir Putin to Visit Iran as ISIS Renews Threat

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Vladimir Putin to Visit Iran as ISIS Renews Threat

By Rakesh Raman Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Iran on Monday – Nov. 23 – to take part in the third summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum. According to the Kremlin, Putin will hold talks in Teheran with Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani. “Bilateral [...]

Is There a Possibility of Ceasefire in Syria?

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Is There a Possibility of Ceasefire in Syria?

The UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura indicated Thursday the possibility of a ceasefire in the war-torn Syria, through continued discussions and with active inclusion of all parties involved in the conflict. His statement has come on the heels of an informal session of the United Nations General Assembly about the “deliverables” that had come [...]

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