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.
The U.S. is engaged in behind-the-scenes efforts with allies to increase the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to negotiate an end to the civil war entering its fifth year, Secretary of State John Kerry said.
Asked in an interview with CBS News if he would negotiate with Assad — whom then-Senator Kerry visited in Damascus six months before the violent crackdown — Kerry said “we have to negotiate in the end,” to achieve a post-Assad government as envisioned under a 2012 international agreement.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said recently that ISIS is "the most significant player" driving the refugee crisis in Europe, which goes against expert opinion and helps support the narrative of a dictator who's desperate to hold onto power in the Middle East.
By Khaled Yacoub OweisAMMAN (Reuters) - Air raids on rebel-held towns in central Syria killed 18 people on Monday, activists said, two days after the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution demanding an end to indiscriminate shelling and aerial attacks.Syria's almost three-year-old conflict has raged on despite peace talks that began in Geneva last month and the passage of the U.N. resolution, a rare moment of unity between the West and Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's strongest backer.
By Arshad MohammedJAKARTA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Assad government for stalling Syrian peace talks and pressed Russia to stop supplying it weapons, telling Moscow it needed to be part of the solution.International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said in Geneva on Saturday that the first two rounds of peace talks had not made much progress but that the two sides had agreed on an agenda for a third round at an unspecified date.