Eight men claiming to be British Army veterans say they are preparing to fight Islamic State militants at a secret European training location, but other veterans have aired concerns about the group’s battle skills.
US leaders recognize it could get worse in Syria if President Assad is dropped, they say it’s too early to send diplomats to talk with the government in Damascus, Jonathan Steele, columnist for the Guardian on international affairs, told RT’s In the Now.
Syrian president Bashar Assad has stated that he is awaiting concrete indications that the US really wants to begin dialogue aimed at resolving the Syrian conflict, after Secretary of State John Kerry declared US readiness for such talks.
Compared to other Syrian regions and previous years, the situation in Damascus is steady and calm with people getting supplies of fuel and other basic needs subsidized by the government, says political commentator Alaa Ibrahim.
Spanish journalist Javier Espinosa, who was held hostage by the Islamic State for more than six months, has given a detailed account of his time in captivity, including torture and mock executions at the hands of British-raised jihadists.
While the Western-led, anti-Assad bloc mind-blowingly speaks of arming non-existent “moderates” to fight in Syria, they also continue to demonize and silence the very voices that offer a true means of bringing peace and stability back to the region.
RT sees its place in the media landscape as a much-needed alternative voice to the mainstream consensus. After all, opinions considered fringe by the mainstream and that only RT dared to broadcast worldwide proved to be right on several occasions.
The US secretary of state appeared to say on CBS News that America has to negotiate with Syria’s president about a political transition in the war-torn country. But later the State Department clarified that John Kerry wasn’t referring to Bashar Assad.
The Vatican’s line on ISIS has taken a new turn, as its ambassador in Geneva suggested that if a political settlement is impossible, military force should be used against the jihadists. He also said the form of intervention should be defined by the UN.
A criminal group was secretly sending would-be extremists to Syria, documents obtained by Australian media claim, also indicating that a community member made “fake international passports" for future fighters.
Far more male than female civilians died from explosive weapons in Syria and Gaza last July, a report reveals. The research refutes any assumption that women disproportionally bear the impact of explosive violence against civilians in war-torn zones.