IS video shows Turkish soldiers burned

The IS recently released a video showing two Turkish soldiers being burned alive. The video shows two uniformed men being hauled from a cage before being torched! The video was 19 minute long and was shot in IS-declared Aleppo Province in northern Syria. Before burning, the killer for the two officers verbally attacks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and calls for destruction to be showed in Turkey.

The video reminds of the killing of Maaz al-Kassasbeh, a Jordanian fighter pilot, who was captured by the jihadists when his plane went down in Syria in December 2014. He was later burned alive in a cage.

The release of the video came after 16 Turkish soldiers were killed by IS fighters, in Ankara’s biggest loss so far in its unprecedented incursion into Syria. The attacks included three suicide car bombings. Read the full article here.

France rebukes Russian support for Syria, Aleppo seeking for EU help

French President Francois Hollande accused Russia of reneging on its pledges in Syria. Hollande told the reporters in Brussels that Russia doesn’t honor the commitments it makes. During the summit of EU leaders in Brussels he also expressed his concern over leaving women, men and children to suffer bombing, and being treated in an undignified manner. The regime of Bashar Assad needs to take total responsibility of the situation.

The head of the local council of Aleppo, Brita Haj Hassan, warned that about 50,000 civilians in eastern Aleppo are about to be victims of a general massacre by government soldiers. He called for EU’s help, to send some troops to monitor the evacuation of civilians. He also mentioned that around 5,000 people who are hurt are currently in need of urgent evacuation.

This evacuation is part of a cease-fire deal reached between the opposition (rebels) and the Syrian government forces, so as to provide a safe passage for the civilians to leave the war-ridden Aleppo. Till now, hundreds of civilians have been killed and thousands displaced in the Russian-backed Syrian government campaign to retake Aleppo. Read the full article here.

The Syrian rebels ask for ceasefire

In the recent events, the pressure of the Syrian army has forced the rebels to ask for a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo, Syria’s most populous city before the war. However, Syria and Russia, supporting Syria in this war, said that they won’t hold a ceasefire unless all the rebels leave Aleppo.

The ceasefire is supposed to be able to let the civilians and the wounded evacuate from the city, however there was no mention about the thousands of rebel soldier leaving the city. The Syrian army, along with the allied forces have made rapid and important gains over the rebels, especially in the last two week period, and rebels have been put under pressure. Residents told that the war is overwhelming where no one can rest for even a mere five minutes. If anyone is seen on the street, that street is soon shelled by the army. Normal civilians are struggling for food and water supplies.

The war in Syria has already killed hundreds of housands of people and has made even more number of people homeless. The refugee crisis in Syria has been the biggest yet in the world. Russia and the USA discussed on the cessation of hostilities in Aleppo, so as to make way for humanitarian aid in the region.

Wish the war ends swiftly with the least number of victims possible. Read the full article here!