“This happened at the highest levels of the Russian government,” Obama said when asked at his year-end White House press conference whether Russia’s president was personally involved in the hacks. He added that “not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin.”
A series of air strikes have killed a team of medics in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, an aid agency has said, as the UN Security Council holds crisis talks on reviving a failed ceasefire in the country. At least 13 aid workers were killed by raids in Khan Tuman, a village south of Aleppo city, on Wednesday, according to the Union of Syrian Medical Relief Organisations.
An emboldened President Bashar al-Assad vowed on Monday to take back all of Syria, hours before the start of a ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia, which Assad’s opponents described as stacked in his favor.
The toxic stew of ideological proxy warring in Syria should be a softball topic for any Libertarian, let alone the leader of the entire party.
“Who had this experience before? Obama? Or George Bush? Or Clinton before? None of them had any experience,” Assad answered when asked if Trump’s inexperience worried him.
A photo cache documenting more than 28,000 deaths in government custody suggested that the government had carried out crimes against humanity. “There has been no progress on detainees,” Nadim Houry says. “The entire world saw the large scale detention and death in the Ceasar photos, and despite all of this, there was no reaction.”
“These are critical hours,” Kerry said upon arriving in the Swiss city late on Sunday. He added: “We look for Russia’s cooperation, and we obviously look for the regime to listen to Russia and to respond.” The Obama administration wants Moscow, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, to put pressure on the Syrian regime to stop the bombardment of the country’s second city.
The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad has negotiated multi-million dollar oil deals with the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), new documents retrieved from a U.S. raid against the radical Islamists’ oil chief have revealed.
In particular, the 600,000 pages of documentation show Assad has command responsibility for the extra-judicial detention, torture and killing of thousands of his own citizens.
U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura describes Syria’s political transition as “the mother of all issues” and, emboldened by the Russian and U.S. muscle that brought the participants to the negotiating table, he refuses to drop the subject.
Vladimir Putin said Russia’s military success in Syria had allowed him to order a partial draw down of forces, but stressed the Kremlin could scale up its presence again within hours and would continue to carry out air strikes there.
You didn’t have to look very hard to find things to depress you in 2015. These five events are not meant to be an exhaustive list. But these problem symbolize the worst of what we’ve experienced in 2015 with the most potential for wrecking more havoc in 2016.
Moscow has long been a chief ally of Assad and last month significantly escalated its aid, launching an intensive aerial bombing campaign in Syria against antigovernment insurgents — including some groups that reportedly receive clandestine support from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
President Bashar al-Assad said the success of a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction, a day after Moscow said it would step up air strikes against Islamic State targets across Syria.
Trevor Noah realized that Donald Trump’s campaign style is in fact very presidential — he’s just like some of the more notorious presidents from back in Trevor’s home continent of Africa.
Russia’s decision to join the war with air strikes on behalf of Assad is a major turning point in international involvement in the conflict.
In voicing a willingness to deal with Iran and Russia, both backers of Assad, Obama was openly acknowledging their influence in Syria and swallowing a somewhat bitter pill for the United States.
Assad, the Syrian leader embroiled in sectarian battles and a civil war, addressed the nation on the national holiday of Marty’s Day, saying the state and army are still strong.
By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times ATARIB, Syria — As the Syrian government warplane flew overhead, Malik Abu Iskandaroon ran to a storage room and grabbed a Russian-made surface-to-air missile. Moments later, on the roof of the three-story villa, which serves as air force headquarters for the Harakat Hazm rebel group, he squinted at the threat […]
By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times The number of refugees fleeing the war in Syria has surpassed 3 million, the United Nations reported Friday, an increase of 1 million over the last year. The grim milestone means that one in every eight Syrians has fled across the border, with an additional 6.5 million displaced from […]