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Turkey’s Extradition Request for Syrian Kurdish Leader

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Saleh Muslim, a former leader of the Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD) in Syria, has been detained in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday. The Intercontinental Police (Interpol) arrested him at the request of Turkish Interpol (Associated Press). The Turkish government considers the PYD to be an affiliate branch of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which […]

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 […]

Cement Firm Admits Payments to Syrian Armed Groups

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One of LafargeHolcim’s cement plants allegedly paid protection money to armed groups in Syria to continue production in the war-torn country (Reuters). An internal investigation had revealed that the branch in northern Syria had struck “unacceptable” deals with armed groups in 2013 and 2014 to ensure safe passage for company employees and supplies (AP). The […]

Russia, China Veto U.N. Sanctions against Syrian Leadership

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On Tuesday China and Russia vetoed a U.N. sanction resolution against Syrian leadership (UPI). The U.N. resolution would have levied sanctions on Syrian leadership for using chemical weapons against its own citizens (Washington Post). Russian President Vladimir Putin justified the veto asserting that “it would not help the negotiation process but would only interfere or […]

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 […]