Brahimi describes his Syria mission as ‘nearly impossible’

The new UN-Arab League envoy on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has given a deeply pessimistic view of the task ahead of him, as he takes up his new post. Speaking to the BBC, the Algerian described his mission as “nearly impossible”.

US House votes to boycott Russians arming Syria

The US House of Representatives lashed out at Russia for its unwavering support for Syria, voting Thursday to stop the Pentagon from doing business with a Russian company that has armed Bashar Assad’s regime. The overwhelming 407-5 vote on an amendment to the defense spending bill came just hours after Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution […]

U.S. declares Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally

Washington declared Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally on Saturday, a largely symbolic status reinforcing its message to Afghans that they will not be abandoned as the war winds down. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the decision, made by President Barack Obama, during her unannounced visit to Kabul where she met President Hamid Karzai

Deadly standoff ends at Afghan hotel, hostages freed

Taliban militants attacked a hotel near Kabul on Friday and seized dozens of hostages, sparking a fierce gunbattle with Afghan and NATO troops that left 26 people dead, authorities said. The standoff, which lasted 11 hours, ended with the deaths of all seven militants, police said. The militants killed 15 civilians, a police officer and […]