Turkey reinforces military in Syria's Idlib after ceasefire call fails

Turkey reinforces military in Syria's Idlib after ceasefire call failsPresident Tayyip Erdogan has warned that an assault by the army and its Russian and Iran-backed allies on Idlib, home to around 3 million people, will uproot hundreds of thousands in one of Syria’s last rebel strongholds. Already hosting 3.5 million Syrians – the world’s biggest refugee population – Turkey says it cannot absorb more victims of the war and has accused the West of abandoning it to face the consequences of President Bashar al-Assad’s reconquest of Syria. At a meeting in Tehran on Friday with the presidents of Russia and Iran, seen as the last realistic chance to avert all-out conflict in the insurgent-held region, Erdogan failed to win a pledge of ceasefire from Assad’s two main backers.


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Armed groups agree to keep Tripoli ceasefire: U.N

Armed groups agree to keep Tripoli ceasefire: U.NArmed groups vying for control of the Libyan capital have agreed to set up a mechanism to “consolidate” a recently agreed ceasefire, the United Nations’ Libya mission, UNSMIL, said on Sunday. On Tuesday, the United Nations persuaded various armed groups to halt fighting that had killed dozens in Tripoli, one of the many sites of unrest gripping the oil producer. “Parties agreed today to freeze their forces’ movements, a monitoring & verification mechanism to consolidate the ceasefire + development of a plan to withdraw armed groups from sovereign locations and critical infrastructure in #Tripoli,” UNSMIL tweeted.


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Russia, Turkey, Iran fail to agree on ceasefire for Syria's Idlib

Russia, Turkey, Iran fail to agree on ceasefire for Syria's IdlibTurkey’s Tayyip Erdogan, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani, meeting in Tehran for a summit of key foreign players in Syria’s war, agreed in a final statement that there could be no military solution to the conflict and it could only end through a negotiated political process. The Turkish leader said he feared a massacre and Turkey could not accommodate any more refugees flooding over its border.


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Afghanistan announces Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban

Afghanistan announces Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire with TalibanTaliban sources said their leaders had also provisionally agreed a four-day truce during the annual Islamic feast of sacrifice, though supreme leader Sheikh Haibatullah Akhunzada still had to give his final approval. Fighting has been mounting in the Taliban’s insurgency against the government in Kabul and NATO coalition forces, launched after the Islamist group was ousted from power in a U.S.-led military intervention in 2001. The truce announcement came a day after clashes erupted in the northern province of Faryab, an interior ministry official said.


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US welcomes Afghanistan's latest ceasefire offer to Taliban

US welcomes Afghanistan's latest ceasefire offer to TalibanThe announcement by President Ashraf Ghani followed a bloody week of fighting across Afghanistan which saw the Taliban launch a massive assault against the provincial capital Ghazni. It came after a brief, unprecedented ceasefire earlier in June. “The last ceasefire in Afghanistan revealed the deep desire of the Afghan people to end the conflict, and we hope another ceasefire will move the country closer to sustainable security,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.


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Pompeo says 'time for peace' as Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban

Pompeo says 'time for peace' as Afghanistan announces ceasefire with TalibanThe United States is ready to support and facilitate direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday, welcoming a Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire announced by President Ashraf Ghani. “The United States welcomes the announcement by the Afghan government of a ceasefire conditioned on Taliban participation,” Pompeo said in a statement.


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Afghan president offers Taliban new provisional ceasefire

Afghan president offers Taliban new provisional ceasefireAfghan President Ashraf Ghani declared a provisional three-month ceasefire with the Taliban in a televised broadcast Sunday, but said the truce would hold only if the insurgents reciprocated. The announcement followed a bloody week of fighting across Afghanistan which saw the Taliban launch a massive assault against the provincial capital Ghazni. Anticipation had been mounting ahead of Ghani’s speech following mixed signals from the presidential palace over whether the government would offer a fresh truce — following a brief, unprecedented ceasefire earlier in June.


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