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.
Obama said the United States was too slow to condemn human rights atrocities during Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship as he honored victims of the “Dirty War” on Thursday.
Military trucks were spotted departing from the base northeast of Kurdish regional capital Arbil, presumably headed toward the Syrian battleground Kobane.
By Tatiana Kalinovskaya and Amelie Herenstein Minsk (AFP) — Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels signed a ceasefire Friday in their five month conflict, which has plunged relations between Russia and the West into their worst crisis since the Cold War. “A preliminary protocol to the ceasefire agreement has been signed in Minsk. This protocol should enter […]
By Mousab Alhamadee, McClatchy Foreign Staff REYHANLI, Turkey — Moderate rebel forces are warning that they are in danger of losing their last foothold in Aleppo, once Syria’s commercial center, and that government troops are pressing an offensive that is just three miles from completely cutting rebel supply lines. Rebel commanders interviewed in recent days […]
By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times ANTAKYA, Turkey — Militants with the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State seized control of a military base in northern Syria late Thursday night, beheading dozens of soldiers and displaying their headless bodies, activists said. It is only the latest victory for the extremist group that has made rapid advances […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — Syrian government forces have broken a long siege on the strategically situated prison in the northern city of Aleppo, government and pro-opposition groups said Thursday. The advance of tanks and troops into the sprawling prison complex on the northeastern edge of Aleppo is the […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times BEIRUT — A huge blast destroyed a hotel in the historic heart of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday after rebels detonated explosives in a tunnel dug beneath government lines, according to opposition and government accounts. The explosion ripped through the Carlton Citadel Hotel, near the landmark […]
Homs (Syria) – The last rebels were poised to leave the center of the battleground Syrian city of Homs on Thursday, handing a symbolic victory to President Bashar al-Assad ahead of a controversial election. Rebels hit back in the historic heart of Aleppo, blowing up a luxury hotel turned army position after tunneling under the […]
Donetsk (Ukraine) – Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in east Ukraine vowed Thursday to press on with a disputed independence referendum, ignoring a call from President Vladimir Putin to postpone the vote in a bid to ease tensions. “The vote will happen on May 11,” the leader of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, told […]
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times The Kremlin’s top diplomat signaled Tuesday that Russia won’t recognize the results of Ukraine’s May 25 presidential election unless it is preceded by a “national dialogue” on redistributing power to the regions and an end to Ukrainian troops’ efforts to retake eastern territory seized by pro-Russia rebels. Russian Foreign […]
By Roy Gutman, McClatchy Washington Bureau ISTANBUL — Turkish troops conducting a resupply mission to a small Turkish military post inside Syrian territory were ambushed and detained Wednesday by Islamic extremists affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, according to Turkish media reports. The troops were later returned to Turkey, news outlets in the […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times TRIPOLI, Libya — Dragging deeply on a cigarette and swirling his espresso dregs, the curly-haired young militiaman offered up a vivid account of the battles he and fellow rebels waged to bring down dictator Moammar Gadhafi — days of blazing bombardment, thirsty desert nights. Then he voiced his dismay […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times TAL KHALAKH, Syria — For more than a year, Ghassan Eid didn’t speak to his son, Khaled, who abandoned his job as a policeman and joined the armed rebels. “I was ashamed,” recalled the father, a shop owner in Tal Khalakh, long renowned as a smuggling hub with […]
Nairobi (AFP) – South Sudan’s government is ready for a ceasefire with rebels, regional leaders said Friday, urging the rebels to make a similar commitment. A meeting of regional leaders “welcomed the commitment by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to an immediate cessation of hostilities and called upon Dr. Riek Machar and […]
Juba (AFP) – Heavy fighting between government forces and rebels was raging Thursday in South Sudan’s key oil-producing north, officials said, as neighboring Kenya and Ethiopia stepped up efforts to broker an end to the civil war. Army spokesman Philip Aguer said troops loyal to President Salva Kiir were battling forces allied to former vice […]
Although the Libyan rebels have insisted that Western nations and NATO leave their country once they have finished defeating Gadhafi’s forces, there is one group of Westerners they’re happy to host: oil company executives. Already, the New York Times reports, oil companies from Italy, France, Britain, and the United States, among others, have begun preparing […]
As the Libyan rebels continue their advance and claim control of most of Tripoli, the world has begun to speculate about what a post-Gadhafi Libya might look like. The tumultuous civil war has simultaneously strengthened the Libyan people’s resolve and — as is the case in many armed conflicts — made them vulnerable to outside […]