Before Biden’s arrival, US Army clarifies once more: not al-Assad, says US army chief/ Amnesty report reveals desperate plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey

General Dempsey says his duty is defeating the Islamist militants reigning in Iraq and Syria, not toppling al-Assad
Amnesty report reveals desperate plight of Syrian refugees in Turkey
Government-run camps full to bursting and those outside camps battling to survive as tension rises among local population
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday chided the United States for failing to meet Turkey’s conditions to play a bigger role in the anti-jihadist coalition in Syria, in a new sign of strains ahead of a visit by US Vice President Joe Biden. Biden arrives in Istanbul on Friday for a key three-day visit aimed at finding some common ground with Turkey in the fight against Islamic State (IS .
Two armed female members of the YPJ, a group affiliated with the People’s Protection Units (YPG), walks around the base near Ras al-Ayn, a Kurdish town located in northern Syria. 11 October 2013. Photo by Younes Mohammad. Copyright Demotix
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has “impaled itself” on Kobane by pouring fighters into the strategic Syrian town so they can be bombed by the US-led coalition, a senior US envoy said Nov. 20.
A number of plots have been hatched against the Turkish government over its position on the Syrian conflict, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said
The deputy chair of Turkey’s ruling AKP has added new names to the list of alleged provocateurs behind last year’s Gezi unrest: The Gulf countries
Turkey has pushed the U.S. to declare a no-fly zone and safe haven in northern Syria, as part of a coalition strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), yet Washington is still reluctant for such a move

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