Geneva peace talks on Syria

Syrian ambassador to the UN and head of the government delegation Bashar al-Ja’afari (Far R) faces UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (Far L) at the opening of Syrian peace talks at the United Nations (UN) Offices in Geneva on January 29, 2016. © AFP

These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:

SYRIA PEACE TALKS

The new round of talks in Geneva to find a political settlement to the crisis in Syria comes as heavy doubts overshadow the prospects of any breakthrough to the crisis.The Saudi-backed opposition decided to attend the talks on a last minute decision, showing the fragility of the talks.

US MILITARY PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN

The US is mulling over plans to keep its troops in Afghanistan for decades. This is an about face on US President Barack Obama’s pledge to pull troops out, like he promised for Iraq. 

A FRESH US WAR ON LIBYA

The United States is banging the drum of war for an already ravaged country where it intervened militarily with its allies more than four years ago. The Pentagon says it is considering military action in Libya under the pretext of countering ISIL threats in the North African country.


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