Reuters - Syria faces growing economic sanctions and condemnation over what the United Nations calls "gross human rights violations," but President Bashar al-Assad shows no sign of buckling under pressure to end his military crackdown on popular unrest.
LONDON (Reuters) - The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad has received substantial imports of Iraqi crude oil from an Egyptian port in the last nine months, shipping and payments documents show, part of an under-the-radar trade that has kept his military running despite Western sanctions.
WASHINGTON — Reacting to the release of a video Tuesday showing the execution of a second U.S. hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq & Al-Sham, U.S. lawmakers are calling on President Barack Obama to expand the U.S.’s military role in the Middle East.
They are urging Mr. Obama to step up efforts to forge a broad coalition of nations that would take on ISIS in both Iraq and Syria. The U.S. president said last week he planned to send John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, to the Mideast to seek support from nations in the region.
In an article published by Reuters, Samia Nakhoul seemed to sum up the predominant view on the Syrian war, saying that "there looks to be little chance the rebels can storm the center of Damascus and attack the seat of [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's] power."
This week is Eid al-Adha, one of the two most important festivals in the Muslim calender. The four day festival has been celebrated slightly differently in Syria, given the brutal war destroying the country.