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ICJ Rejects Some Ukrainian Accusations against Russia

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected a Ukrainian request to block Russian support for the rebels in eastern Ukraine on April 19 (AP; Reuters). The case brought forward in March accused the Russian government of breaching the Terrorist Financing Treaty by supporting armed groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (BBC). The ICJ […]

Syrian Chemical Attack “Fabricated,” Assad Claims

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On April 13, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad claimed that western countries fabricated reports of a chemical attack to justify a U.S. missile launch on a Syrian airbase (BBC; Guardian). In an interview with Agence France-Presse, Assad stated “there was no order to make any attack” and that government forces gave up their chemical arsenal in […]

Emergency UN Meeting after Syrian Chemical Attack

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On April 5, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the recent air raid and chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians (Al Jazeera; AP; BBC; Reuters; NYT). Russian UN representatives denied Bashar al-Assad’s involvement and reaffirmed Russian support for the Syrian leader, blaming rebels for the attack (Reuters). Russian Defense Ministry […]

Turkish Police Increase Operations against Suspected ISIL Agents

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On February 5, Turkish police arrested 450 suspects linked to Daesh, aka ISIL, in early-morning raids across 18 provinces in Turkey (AA; AP; NYT). Other independent reports later said 690 suspects were held by the end of the day (NYT). The police detained four suspects allegedly planning to carry out an attack in Turkey (AP). […]

Assad and Syrian Rebel Groups Talk at Astana

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On January 23, Syrian rebel groups and the Assad government met face-to-face in Astana to cement a ceasefire agreement, along with representatives from Turkey, Russia and Iran (AP; Haaretz; Reuters). Iranian, Russian and Turkish foreign ministers moved to establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and enforce full compliance with the ceasefire (Haaretz). This monitoring, as […]