Assad blasts U.S. over Syrian troop deaths: Speaking to the Associated Press in a lengthy interview, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the United States lacks the will to join Russia in eradicating terrorists in Syria and the U.S.-led coalition airstrike on Sept. 17 which killed 62 Syrian troops was intentional act.
Assad said the aerial assault was conducted over the course of one hour and included several runs from four aircraft.
Continuing to denounce the U.S. as “lacking credibility,” Assad rejected the American allegation Russian or Syrian aircraft destroyed a Red Cross humanitarian column at Big Urem near Aleppo Monday, saying American characterizations of the conflict in Syria amount to lies.
UN re-starts aid missions in Syria: As the UN continued to appeal to Damascus and opposition forces to allow aid to reach the besieged city of Aleppo, UN humanitarian trucks rolled into a suburb of Damascus with relief for 35,000 needy citizens.
Partially resuming aid convoys to hardest-hit areas after a 48-hour suspension, plans for food and medicine deliveries to settlements near Idlib and at the Lebanese-Syrian border were being organized on Thursday.
UN officials were frustrated in attempts to petition Damascus and rebel forces to lift sieges and suspend fighting to allow food and medicine to flow into Foua, Kufreya, Madaya, Zabadani. In Madaya, it was feared a meningitis outbreak had spread.
Bosnia and Herzegovina to join EU: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s application to enroll in the European Union (EU) overcame one final hurdle as the economic bloc accepted Sarajevo’s February application for membership.
In order to qualify for full EU membership, Sarajevo is required to satisfy a prolonged questionnaire on a myriad of social, economic, judicial and human rights matters to meet the threshold of member states.
The EU advanced Bosnia-Herzegovina’s application after endorsing Sarajevo’s efforts to enact a series of economic, social and justice reforms.
Russia plans moon landing, lunar settlement: Resurrecting long-abandon plans to land a man on the moon, the Russian Federation announced plans to send a Russian to the moon and establish a lunar colony by 2045.
Russian space agency Roscosmos revealed the ambitious plans and stated the agency estimates a 2025 date to place a man on the moon and constructing a large, permanent lunar base by 2045, approximately 60 years after the first lunar landing achieved by American astronaut Neil Armstrong.
ISIS used chemical weapons against U.S. troops: In a disquieting announcement on Sept. 21, the Pentagon confirmed the Islamic State (ISIS) militants harnessed chemical weapons against U.S. troops in Iraq.
According to Pentagon officials, ISIS fired mustard gas in either a rocket or mortal shell at U.S. troops near Mosul on Tuesday.
Although it could not be determined where the weapons were produced, American military officials have stated the agent used by ISIS was created locally and ineffective. Emphasizing its ineffectual use, American military officials said no U.S. personnel showed signs of exposure exposed to the agent.
Syrian forces attack Hama, Aleppo: Acting swiftly to seize territory after Damascus renounced the Sept. 12 U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire, Syrian troops resumed attacks in Hama Governorate to the north of Damascus, and in Aleppo.
Supported by fierce Russian aerial bombardments in both regions, Syrian troops made advances north of Hama, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Near Aleppo, despite U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s demand Russia and Syria ground all combat aircraft in a bid to salvage the collapsing ceasefire and create a pathway for aid to reach the city, Russian bombers pummeled rebel-held sections of Aleppo in what was described as the most intensive bombardment in months by rebel groups and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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