From the April 16 edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources:
SYRIAN President Bashar al-Assad has accused Australia and the United States of intentionally targeting his forces in an air strike that killed 83 soldiers.
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The Houthi Ansarullah Movement that controls most of north and west …
Local residents living in northern Syria have told journalists that airstrikes being carried out by the International Coalition Forces led by the United States against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have killed more than 200 civilians in the past two months. …
The airstrikes at dawn on Tuesday pulverised entire families, including young children — families that were fleeing Islamic State militants but were instead mistaken for being those very fighters. Depending on whom you ask, the number of bodies found in the rubble is 56, 85, 160 or 212. Pictures of the mangled bodies, covered in dust, are a testament to the carnage.
Brussels has been rocked by a series of blasts at the city’s airport and at least one metro station, leaving at least 26 dead.
1. See things from the prime victims’ perspective and you get a very different picture. Germany and Sweden aside, Western countries have offered Syrians only a
France and Russia have staged a series of new airstrikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. Russia announced earlier today it would intensify strikes in Syria after the Russian intelligence service said it had found conclusive proof that a bomb had brought down the Metrojet airliner in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing 224 people on board last month. The United States has also vowed to intensify strikes in Syria and to step up their exchange of intelligence on potential targets with France. We speak with longtime journalist Abdel Bari Atwan about how the bombings could backfire and help grow the Islamic State.
Russia’s decision to carry out air strikes in Syria has caused concern. What is Moscow trying to achieve?
The Abbott government was expected to approve Australian bombing runs against Islamic State targets and supply lines in Syria on Tuesday night, while the question of how many refugees could be absorbed by Australia has exposed ugly divisions in the government party room.