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Russian Reconnaissance Plane Shot Down Over Idlib

Idlib

LONDON – British newspaper Daily Express, citing sources among activists at Idlib, reports that a Russian reconnaissance plane was shot down on Friday in the Syrian city of Nairab. “A Russian reconnaissance plane was shot down over the war-torn Syrian province of Idlib during a Turkish-backed operation against forces loyal …

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UN Calls for Ceasefire to Avert Disaster in Northwestern Syria

UN

DAMASCUS – The UN chief of humanitarian affairs,Mark Lowcock, called on Monday for an immediate ceasefire in northwestern Syria to prevent “the greatest history of humanitarian horror in the 21st century.” Mark Lowcock said that “indiscriminate” violence in the region has reached “a horrific new level” and has displaced some …

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Turkish and Russian Military Leaders Discuss Idlib Over the Phone

Turkish, Russian Military chiefs

ANKARA – Turkish and Russian military leaders have had a phone call to discuss the latest developments in Idlib, a de-escalation area in north-western Syria, the Turkish military announced Thursday. The Turkish chief of staff, General Yasar Guler, and his Russian counterpart, General Valery Gerasimov, also exchanged views on current …

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Pakistan to Hold Conference on Afghan Refugees

Pakistan Return of refugees from Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan will convene a two-day international conference this month to mark the decades-long presence of hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees in the country, the Pakistani government said Sunday. The conference, titled “40 years of Afghan Refugees Presence in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity,” will be held …

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US Steps Up Warnings to Russia Over Idlib

Idlib

IDLIB, Syria – The United States stepped up warnings to Russia about its policy in Syria, saying that Moscow was trying to challenge the US presence in northeast Syria by violating the terms of a devolution agreement and was also helping to intensify the fighting in the north western province …

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Pakistan to Consider Dual Citizenship Agreement with Turkey

Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday said that a plan was under consideration to sign an agreement with Turkey to grant dual citizenship to citizens of two countries. This happened during a meeting between Pakistani Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmad Shah and the Turkish ambassador to Islamabad İhsan Mustafa Yurdakul, according to …

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Turkey will no Longer Send Advisers to Libya: Ankara

Turkey

ANKARA – Turkey does not plan to send more military advisers to Libya as a ceasefire is observed, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday. Ankara will instead engage in international efforts to reconcile the parties to the conflict, he added. RIA Novosti reported that Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that …

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Turkey Blocks Cyprus Disarmament Talks from Geneva

Turkey

ANKARA – Turkey has prevented Cyprus from participating in the World Conference on Disarmament in the Swiss capital, Geneva, the Greek newspaper Kathimerini reported on Wednesday. Cyprus is the only country prevented from participating among the many countries that have asked to participate as observers, said Kathimerini. It was the …

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