Sunday, July 31, 2016

Knock, Knock, Knock on Aleppo's Doors, Again

07:52 pm

Syrian Rebels Launch Push Aimed at Breaking Aleppo Siege. Scores of children in Aleppo took part in burning old tires in a number of streets and neighborhoods that would later be used by Islamist rebels to attack pro-Assad militias in an attempt at breaking the Assad regime siege of the city. The move effectively created a temporary no-fly zone, allowing for rebels to advance under the cover of the thick smoke. The raging battles reversed recent advances made by the regime, and may be able to effectively lift the siege by linking areas under rebel control inside the city and in the surrounding rural areas. More than 300,000 people are still besieged in the city.

Red: regime control. Green: rebel control.
Blue: areas recently regained by rebels.

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01:36 pm

Turkey has intelligence cleric Gulen could flee United States: justice minister. Regardless of what one thinks of Fethullah Gulen, his movement and their possible involvement in the recent coup attempt in Turkey, the United States simply cannot surrender him to Turkish authorities. Turkey is a place where evidence against political opponents has regularly been manufactured and where the basic human rights of political detainees are often violated and confessions obtained through torture and intimidation and, on occasions, even bribery. If Turkey wants Gulen extradited, then, it should let the investigation into the alleged coup attempt be carried out by international investigators and prosecutors. It should also refrain from further violations of the rights of detainees, and should pledge that eventual punishment will suit the crime. Only then can Turkish authorities hope to successfully sue for the extradition of Gulen.

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