Posts Tagged ‘Syrian civil war’

Syria conflict: Air strike on refugee camp ‘could be war crime’

(Media Release) An air strike on a Syrian refugee camp that reportedly killed at least 28 people could amount to a war crime, a senior UN official has told the BBC. Stephen O’Brien, the UN humanitarian affairs chief, called for an inquiry into the attack on the Kamouna camp in the northern Idlib province. Syrian […]

How four men survived as hostages of IS

(Media Release) In his classic novel 1984, George Orwell writes about Room 101 – a torture chamber where you are subjected to your worst nightmare, the worst thing in the world, to break your resistance. To survive any such place of profound pain is the greatest of gifts, a triumph of the human spirit. In […]

Isis executes 8 Dutch members who tried to desert

(Media Release) Isis has killed eight Dutch members after they allegedly tried to desert the jihadist group, Syrian activists said on Monday. “Isis executed 8 Dutch fighters on Friday, 26 of Feb, after fights with Iraqi leaders in Raqqa and they arrested more Dutch fighters,” Abu Mohammed, a member of the citizen journalist group Raqqa […]

Syria war pause plan agreed by world powers

(Media Release) World powers have agreed to seek a nationwide “cessation of hostilities” in Syria to begin in a week’s time, after talks in Munich, Germany. The halt will not apply to the battle against jihadist groups Islamic State (IS) and al-Nusra Front. The 17-member International Syria Support Group (ISSG) also agreed to accelerate and […]

How President Putin is getting what he wants in Syria

(Media Release) Viewed from the West, Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, is in the diplomatic dog-house. His annexation of Crimea and military involvement in eastern Ukraine broke the settled pattern of post-Cold War relations in Europe. The Russian military’s increasingly aggressive patrolling and exercises on the margins of Nato have raised genuine concerns – even in […]

Saudis announce Islamic anti-terrorism coalition

(Media Release) Saudi Arabia has said 34 mainly Muslim nations have joined a new military alliance to fight terrorism. A joint operations centre is to be established in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, state media reported. Countries from Asia, Africa and the Arab world are involved in the alliance but Saudi Arabia’s main regional rival Iran […]

Reports: Suspected mastermind of Paris attacks identified

(Media Release) PARIS — A French official identified the suspected mastermind of the attacks that killed 132 people in Paris on Friday as Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud, and said he is believed to be linked to thwarted attacks on a high-speed train bound for the French capital and a church in the Paris area, according to […]

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