Syrian authorities have killed as many as 13,000 people – possibly more – since the start of the 2011 uprising in mass hangings at a prison north of Damascus known to detainees as “the slaughterhouse,” Amnesty International said on Tuesday. In a new report covering the period from 2011 to 2015, Amnesty said 20-50 people were hanged each week at Saydnaya Prison in killings authorized by senior Syrian officials, including deputies of President Bashar Assad, and carried out by military police. The report referred to the killings as a “calculated campaign of extrajudicial execution.
Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said no country has the right to humiliate nationals of other countries, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order which bans nationals of seven Middle Eastern and African countries from entering the U.S.Every country has a right to investigate, to look carefully into would-be-immigrants, but just to place a blanket on a country, on a nation, I don’t agree with it.” he have said and have noted that Iraqi citizens and the public have been the victim of terrorism due to the thousands of suicide bombers internationally who have entered Iraq and killed Iraqis in the country.Iraq is the only nation among the seven to have full diplomatic relations with the United States; Abadi, according with Trump, wait for a commitment to increased support for Iraq in the fight against terrorism.“We are still waiting for this,” Abadi have said.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed a US-led coalition against ISIL in Syria as “illusive,” saying the terrorist group “was expanding” during the operation.Speaking to a group of Belgian reporters, Assad has also cast doubt at new US President Donald Trump’s pledge to fight ISIL terrorists, SANA reported. Assad also said US-Russian cooperation in stepping up the fight against ISIL, as suggested by Trump, would have positive repercussions but it was too early to expect any practical steps. Assad said the European Union should have no role in the reconstruction of Syria unless it changes its policy toward the country. EU countries, he said, back militants who inflicted destruction on Syria. He also accused UN institutions of acting unfairly towards his country, saying “they are biased because of the American influence and the French and British, mainly.” He made the remarks in response to a December decision by the UN General Assembly to gather evidence on war crimes in Syria towards prosecuting those responsible for atrocities there.”For me, as president, when I do my duty, the same for the government and for the army, to defend our country, we don’t look to this issue, we don’t care about it,” he added.
On Monday,president of the Republic of Azerbaijan IlhamAliyev has met with President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker in Brussels. Satisfaction in the cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union, confidence in further development of relations were expressed at the meeting. It was emphasized that the work continued on a new document on cooperation and partnership between Azerbaijan and the European Union, after the signing of which relations in all spheres would be further strengthened and expanded. Azerbaijan’s cooperation in the field of dialogue among civilizations and cultures with the countries of the world, including with the European Union was highly assessed during the meeting.
In the night in San Martin Square in Lima there was a demonstration in support of the Minister of Education, Saavedra, and its reform, the demonstrators had the support of some Members of the Frente Amplio, the Left Party in opposition. The demonstration was peaceful and without clashes. In these days there is a strong debate around the education reform,desired by Minister Saavedra, and opposed by the right-wing party Fuerza Popular that in Parliament has managed to push through the motion of disconfidence against Saavedra.
The current American President Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio that there will be repercussions against Russia for hacking in favor of Trump’s campaign. It seems that Obama has ordered intelligence to conduct research on similar cases for the last three presidential elections, the reaction of President-elect Trump came by Twitter. Trump was wondering, ironically, on why the White House has not intervened on question hacking before Hillary Clinton’s defeat.
The Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri and the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim have exchanged views about various issues about the latest developments in the Middle East region, particularly in Syria.
At first Jahangiri offered his condolences to the Turkish people and government over victims in a recent terrorist attack in Istanbul. For his part, the Turkish Premier expressed concern over the situation of civilians in Aleppo and said that the Tehran influence and assistance ca
During a rally in the capital of Iowa, Des Moines, the President-elect Trump spoke about the episode of violence occurred at Ohio State University last week, when a Somali immigrant injured 11 students with a knife, saying that such episodes are the result of a too soft policy on immigration. Trump took the opportunity to revive his anti-immigration program, in particular the wall with Mexico, and his firm intention to protect the American workers and the Country’s security
Iraqi troops have recaptured 28 districts in eastern Mosul with an air cover provided by Iraqi and international coalition fair forces. The Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) have said that the forces recaptured the districts of al-Adl and al-Taamim in the east. Security sources, on the same day,saying that the forces recaptured the districts of Nawafel, Simyak and Abbassiy in the north. Military have said recently that government forces became in control of nearly 50 percent of the eastern section of Mosul. ISIS remains in control of the western region near the group’s strongholds in Syria but Iraqi security commanders and Al-Hashd al-Shaabi militia leaders say they had managed to cut ISIS’s supply and escape routes to and from Syria.
President-elect of the United States seems determined to designate the former Gen. of Marines John Kelly Secretary of Homeland Security. If the nomination will be approved, Kelly would become the second former military in Trump’s Cabinet , the first is the nominated Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and also just another one of the militaries that Trump would like to place at the highest level of the administration. Several members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, have expressed preoccupation for this militarization of senior federal levels of government, not remembering the exciting experiences of military-administrators both during the first term of Obama has in previous administrations.