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More Refugee Deaths: 35 Drown In Aegean Sea

Turkish sources have reported the deaths of a total of at least thirty-five people as a result of two separate incidents in the Aegean Sea. According to the Turkish coastguard, twenty-four refugees were drowned when their boat sank off the coast of Lesbos, a Greek island. In addition, the news organisation Dôgan has reported an additional eleven people died further south, near ...

IS Kill “Spy” Journalist Ruqia Hassan in Syria

Activists in Syria have confirmed that a philosophy student, who wrote of her experiences living in the IS-controlled city of Raqqa, has been killed by militants on the basis that she was “spying” on them. Ruqia Hassan, who used the pen-name “Nissan Ibrahim”, was killed in September, but the news only became widely known this week. Hassan was detained by ...

Saudi Arabia Severs Diplomatic Ties with Iran

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday after their embassy in Tehran, Iran’s capital, was set alight.

The UN Votes to End the Civil War in Syria

The UN Security Council voted unanimously for a resolution aimed at ending Syria’s bloody civil war on Friday.

The document, Resolution No. 2245, calls for talks between the Syrian government and select opposition groups, to be organized by UN Envoy Staffan de Mistura, accompanied by a ceasefire agreement. Optimistically, the process is to lead to establishment of “credible, inclusive and non-sectarian governance” within six months. This is highly unlikely.

“Free and fair elections” under the supervision of the UN will be held in six months, though it is unclear now whether those will involve the current President.

Mr. Assad’s role in the transition has been a sticking point in international negotiations, especially within the Security Council, with Western powers citing his departure as a precondition for talks and Russia and China insisting he stay.

Laurent Fabius, France’s Foreign Minister, welcomed the deal but said that the idea of Mr. Assad standing in the next round of elections is “unacceptable.” Ne


America Puts Boots on the Ground Against ISIS

American Defense Secretary, Ash Carter, announced on Tuesday that the United States would be putting boots on the ground in their fight against Daesh (ISIS). A new ‘expeditionary force’, to operate independently of other ground forces in the region, is being deployed in response to calls from congressional leaders and a shifting American strategy. “It puts everybody on notice in ...

Parliament Approves Military Action in Syria

Cries of “shame” were heard in Parliament Square last night as activists at a Stop the War demonstration learned that the House of Commons had voted strongly in favour of military action against Islamic State in Syria. Air strikes are expected to commence within hours.

Parliament Considers Motion on Syrian Airstrikes

“Hard-headed common sense.” This was the phrase Jeremy Corbyn used today to describe his opposition to a government motion seeking Parliamentary approval for air strikes in Syria. David Cameron, meanwhile, described his plan for a bombing campaign against IS as a moral responsibility and asserted that Britain could not leave it to others to act when its own security was ...

Britain Prepares for Airstrikes

Ahead of MP’s vote on whether to authorize air strikes in Syria, extra war planes are expected to be sent to Cyprus as Britain prepares to support allies in the region. A second Airseeker Rivet Joint spy plane may be used along with two Tornado fighter jets and six Typhoons equipped with laser guided missiles. View image | Reports ...

UK Clears Schedule to Debate Syrian Airstrikes

A Labour party spokesman said that Prime Minister David Cameron has failed to make a convincing case for military action in Syria and that, “…opinion is drifting away from him, ” after Cameron cautioned MPs, “You should not be walking through the lobbies with (labour leader) Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathizers.” The cabinet agreed to scrap all ...

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