Syria agrees to stop airstrikes in Aleppo for six weeks, what’s behind this agreement.
The Syrian government is willing to suspend its aerial bombardment and artillery shelling of the northern city of Aleppo so that a local ceasefire can be tested, the United Nations mediator on Syria said on Tuesday. This could be a diplomatic breakthrough in the Syrian ongoing conflict.
According to BBC, UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura says Damascus is prepared to suspend its aerial bombardment of Aleppo for six weeks for a trial ceasefire.
“Let’s be frank, I have no illusions because based on past experiences, this will be a difficult issue to be achieved,” he said.He added that opposition forces would be asked to suspend mortar and rocket fire.
Aleppo is at the forefront of clashes between pro-government forces and insurgents including Islamist brigades as al-Qaida’s Syria wing: Nusra Front.
At the same time, US-Turkey agree on training moderate Syrian forces.
Turkey, which is seen as the main support of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), confirmed the agreement on training and equipping the Syrian forces in their fight against ISIS (or probably Bachar al-Assad’s regime).The announcement puts an end to months of difficult negotiations between allies Washington and Ankara on how to train Syrian rebel forces to eventually take on the Islamic State group. .The FSA is considered a moderate opposition force, but extremist Islamists are feared to have infiltrated the group. Two years ago, US-supplied weapons to the FSA were found in the hands of ISIS and other radical groups(rudaw.net).
Last month, the Pentagon said it would send nearly 1,000 troops to Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar as part of the effort. At first sight someone can conclude that this war is going to last a lot of years.
Latest ISIS Barbaric Atrocity: Burn 45 People Alive In Western Iraq
Islamic State militants have reportedly burned 45 people alive in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, according to the local police chief officers.The town of Al-Baghdadi had been besieged for months by ISIS before it finally fell into their hands on Thursday. It was one of the few towns to still be controlled by the Iraqi government in the Anbar province.
The reported burning alive of 45 people in Iraq seems to signify a new trend in Middle-Age style ISIS barbarity after it published a video earlier this month showing the burning to death of a captured Jordanian pilot in a metal cage, a video that shocked and outraged the world.
Kurds finally regain control after ISIS attack near Irbil
But by 3 a.m. local time Wednesday, the Peshmerga had succeeded in forcing ISIS back, allowing airstrikes to begin according to CNN. After hours of heavy fighting, Kurdish fighters in Iraq have repelled an assault by ISIS fighters southwest of Irbil, Kurdish officials said.
ISIS launched the major assault from several directions Tuesday night near the towns of Gwer and Makhmour.The towns are about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Irbil, the Kurdish capital.
Iraq’s ambassador urges UN to investigate claims Isis is harvesting organs: ‘We have bodies – it is clear they are missing certain parts’
Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations is calling on the UN Security Council to investigate allegations that Isis is harvesting organs, He claimed that militants are harvesting the organs as a way of financing the extremist group’s activities. He also told journalists doctors in Mosul were “executed” for refusing to harvest organs.
President Barack Obama’s handling of the Islamic State is becoming increasingly unpopular with the American people, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.78% of Americans say Congress should authorize President Obama to fight Islamic State. The survey also found that Americans are favored to the idea of sending ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria, although 50 percent still oppose boots on the ground.
SYRIAN DOCTORS: ISIS JIHADISTS ‘DEMANDING VIAGRA,’ LINGERIE FOR WIVES AND SLAVES
ISIS fighters are “buying their wives kinky underwear,” demanding Viagra to better their performance, and subjecting their wives, concubines, and sex slaves to sadistic sexual practices, according to Syrian doctors forced to treat jihadists in conquered territories.
The U.N. Security Council called an emergency session for Wednesday to address the explosion of terrorist violence in Libya, but world powers appeared sharply divided on how to deal with the country’s deepening turmoil.
US and allies conducted 14 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria the 16-17th of February
The United States and its allies have staged six airstrikes around the Syrian town of Kobani, where Kurdish forces have been pushing back Islamic State forces, a joint task force statement said on Tuesday.
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