World Bulletin / News Desk
Syrian opposition groups said on Thursday they would not accept a political transition plan proposed by international envoy Kofi Annan unless it explicitly required President Bashar al-Assad to step down ahead of the formation of a unity government.
According to diplomatic sources at the United Nations, Annan's proposal, aimed at ending the 16-month conflict in Syria, does not stipulate Assad's resignation, although it does say the unity government could not include figures who jeopardise stability.
"The proposal is still murky to us but I can tell you that if it does not clearly state that Assad must step down, it will be unacceptable to us," said Samir Nashar, an executive member of the international Syrian National Council.
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Suspects were part of a network of recruitment, indoctrination and sending foreign fighters to fight for ISIL in the regions of Syria and Iraq under its control
Russia on Sunday prepared to ramp up its bombing campaign in Syria as Moscow challenged the West's distinction between ISIL and other armed groups
Sinai area is a stronghold of the Egyptian affiliate of the ISIL group in Egypt
French PM says Russia should not 'get the wrong targets', echoing the words of French President to Russian counterpart Putin at Paris summit
Iraqi PM welcomes cooperation with Russia amid Moscow airstrikes on Syria targets allegedly belonging to ISIL since Sept. 30
'Russia is backing the butcher Assad and helping him,' PM Cameron says
Russian strikes destroy ISIL command post, underground bunker in Syria
Saudi-backed Yemeni government decided to sever diplomatic relations with Iran
UNICEF points to harrowing rise in fatalities, injuries and malnutrition among war-torn country's children
FMs from OIC member states reaffirm support for Yemen’s political transition, condemn Israeli actions in occupied E. Jerusalem
'Su-34 planes carried out strikes on an ISIL training camp and on a camouflaged command post southwest of the town of Raqa,' Russian defense ministry says
ISIL is not known to be operational in the areas targeted by Russia on Thursday where civilians were killed.
PM Davutoglu rejects Moscow's insistence that its campaign of air strikes launched this week was aimed at ISIL fighters