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UN seeks US$ 2.2 billion dollars for displaced people in Iraq and Syria
Some five million people need urged aid, UN says, including 1.8 million internally displaced people and 1.7 million in conflict areas. As winter approaches, the situation will get worse. An earlier fund-raiser failed to meet its target.
13/02/2015 UNITED NATIONS - IRAQ - SYRIA
UN Security Council to choke off Islamic State's funding
Adopted unanimously, the UN resolution aims at seizing up the flow of millions of dollars into the group's coffers from oil smuggling and antiques trafficking from Syria and Iraq. In November, the terrorists were making up to 1.6 million dollars a day by selling crude oil. Recently, IS militants attacked al-Baghdadi, but they "nearing the end of their lives", Iranian general said.
06/05/2016 18:59:00 SYRIA
Refugee camp attack, odd for Syrian bishop; “blind violence” intensifies in Aleppo
Mgr Abou Khazen calls for caution before jumping to conclusions about the attack against a refugee camp near the Turkish border that killed 28. In Aleppo, people are living in fear or fleeing. Truce was broken “thousands of times”. Caritas Syria is set to organise a blood drive for Aleppo’s wounded. Tonight prayers for peace will be held in Damascus.
26/01/2016 13:06:00 SYRIA
UN to start Syria peace talks on Friday in Geneva
UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura announces indirect “proximity talks”. The Islamic State group and the al-Nusra Front are not included. Turkey vetoes Kurdish presence. Divided Syrian opposition has not yet agreed on its delegation. At least 23 are killed in an attack in Aleppo.
15/04/2016 18:14:00 SYRIA
Vicar of Aleppo: al Nusra Front has pushed other groups to fight, breaking the truce
For Mgr Georges Abou Khazen, renewed fighting has led to “total mayhem”. He blames outside “interests and pressures” for dividing and ruining the country. At least 30,000 refugees are trying to get into Turkey, but are being kept out at gunpoint. The apostolic vicar stressed mercy for the needy in the jubilee year.
28/05/2016 18:37:00 SYRIA
As Raqaa gets ready for an attack, IS gets to flee into the desert
Kurdish come within 45 kilometres of the city. Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohamad Al Adnani is already talking about “defeat” and “pullout”. US servicemen helping Kurdish fighters on the ground irks Turkey. An autonomous Syrian Kurdistan is in the making.
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