23 dec

Press TV – Geneva II confab preparations ‘on track’: UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says preparations for the upcoming Geneva II conference on the ongoing crisis in Syria are “on track.”
“We are on track to convene the conference,” the UN chief said on Monday, adding, “We expect the Syrian Government and opposition to focus hard in the coming days on making their delegations as strong and representative as possible.”

Press TV – Syria facing major extremist offensive: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says his country is being confronted by a major offensive led by Takfiri extremists.
”This is terrorism without limits, an international scourge that could strike anywhere and anytime,” The Syrian president said in a meeting with a delegation of academics, researchers and activists from Australia, who had come to express their solidarity with the Syrian government.

Syria: Sky News Gains Access To UK Jihadists

In a series of wide-ranging and frank interviews, the jihadists, who have asked Sky News to protect their identities for fear of a backlash against their families in the UK, reveal that hundreds of young men from Britain have joined the fight against Bashar al Assad’s government and that ”at least” four die each month.
They also claim that the UK remains the largest single source of private fundraising for jihadi fighters, outdoing countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE.

Shamus Cooke – Last Chance for Peace in Syria. Will Obama Sabotage the Geneva II Syria Peace Talks?

The war in Syria grinds on, an endless wreckage of shattered limbs and lives. The blood flows across borders, fueling the religious sectarian killing across the Middle East that is the life-blood of the Syrian conflict.
Hopes rose in Syria after Obama’s last minute decision not to “punish Assad” with a missile attack. Then came the U.S.-Iran nuclear peace deal, and it was hoped that peace in Syria was part of the broader shift in U.S. policy, “pivoting” away from the Middle East towards China.
The “Geneva II” Syrian peace talks have been discussed for months, but there always seems to be an endlessly complicated barrier. Contrary to what the media and politicians say, stopping the mass carnage is sadly easy. And it could be done relatively quickly, if the power brokers behind the conflict actually wanted it stopped.
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