Staffan de Mistura, the former UN special envoy to Syria, has said he quit the post last year because he realised Bashar al-Assad had won the territorial civil war in Syria and he could not bring himself to shake the president’s hand.
He also said he was furious when Russia and the US reached a deal in autumn 2016, before the US election, to de-escalate the civil war by grounding the Syrian air force and separating al-Nusra terrorist forces from the Syrian opposition – a deal that fell apart after a Syrian army attack on a UN aid convoy killed more than 20 people..more:.TheGuardian
(1) Bashar al-Assad’s murderous actions against the people of Syria have directly contributed to the deaths of more than 480,000 civilians, led to the destruction of more than 50 percent of Syria’s critical infrastructure, and forced the displacement of more…
…UN agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) have permitted the Assad regime to take control of the $30 billion international humanitarian response, using donor funds to skirt sanctions and subsidize the government’s war effort. The bulk of these billions in diverted funds are from the same Western governments that imposed the sanctions…more: foreignaffairs
Today was my first day in the basement. I ran down after missiles struck our house at night. In under two minutes, my family and I crossed 150 meters to the nearest makeshift shelter for women and children. We had no time to take any of our belongings with us. We just wanted to escape the hellfire raining on us….more CNN
IF YOU HAVE A WEAK HEART DON’T WATCH!! BUT CALL YOURREPRESENTATIVE TO HELP CIVILIAN PEOPLE IN SYRIA. لا تشاهد ان كان عندك ضعف في القلب… لكن يمكنك الانصال بممثلك للمساعدة في وقف الحرب
“يا إمي دخيلك لا تآخذيني عم أنقذ العالم ما قدران أشيلك يا إمي سامحيني”.
An airstrike hit the town center of Khan Sheikhoun, emitting a “poisonous gas,” Anas al-Diab, an activist with the Aleppo Media Center (AMC) says.
Casualties are reported to have died from asphyxiation caused by exposure to an unknown gas or chemical agent. The injured are initially treated at a makeshift clinic near the scene and Al-Rahma hospital, among others. MORE: www.cnn.com – www.npr.org
Throughout their long history, Marvel has published numerous comics commenting on the current state of world affairs. During World War 2, for instance, they famously depicted Captain America punching Adolf Hitler in the face. In keeping with this tradition, the company has teamed up with ABC to produce a rather wonderful comic – available for free online – about a Syrian mother with superhuman patience and motherly instinct…more: independent.co.uk – www.npr.org
…“There will be a terrorist diaspora sometime in the next two to five years like we’ve never seen before,” Comey said in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee….While Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has suggested a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants, Jeh Johnson said the U.S. should focus on “building bridges to diverse communities” to defend the homeland….MORE: .pbs.org