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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 […]

U.S. Fires Missile at Yemeni Radar Sites

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The U.S. military launched Tomahawk cruise missile strikes at three coastal radar sites in Houthi-controlled territory on Yemen’s Red Sea Coast on Thursday (Reuters). The strike was retaliation against two incidents of missiles fired at U.S. Navy ship U.S.S. Mason on Sunday (AP). The strikes constitute the first U.S. military involvement in Yemen’s conflict (Al […]