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Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State have agreed a non-aggression pact for the first time in a suburb of the capital Damascus, a monitoring group said on Friday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the ceasefire deal was agreed between IS and moderate and Islamist rebels in Hajar al-Aswad, south of the capital.
Under the deal, "the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime."
Nussayri is a pejorative term for the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam to which President Bashar al-Assad belongs.
Germany and the U.K. on Thursday ruled out carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria
Turkey - the USA's closest ally in NATO among the Middle East - denies them its airbases for use as launch sites of airstrikes and will not support airstrikes in Syria
Iraq's newly-installed US-friendly PM al-Abadi defies the US and halts airstrikes on ISIS-held civilian areas (leaving it up to the US to be the bad guys against his people once again) Additional sources
Fine lets put our assets to work in our own country and border. Let ISIS wreak havoc wherever it wants. Let them go to India and China and Russia!
originally posted by: Bassago
a reply to: stirling
I don't really think there are any Good rebels in Syria. Just semi useful pawns for the west in this global chess game. All these rebels (whatever side) just want a piece of the power pie.
Australia sends for the battle against IS fighters and soldiers to the VAE. The upcoming days 600 Australian troops are going to depart to the ME.
Premier Abbott says his government has not yet taken a decision over the deployment of combat forces. He also speaks of a sensible, proportionate contribution to the coalition against IS.
In that coalition are now ten countries, which last week at the NATO summit in Wales agreed on cooperation against IS. The Netherlands wasn`t invited for it.
The Netherlands is willing to join in with military actions against the terrorist movement IS. Aocrding Minister of Foreign Affairs Timmermans in a parliamentarian debate.
The co-operation is under condition that the international coalition lead by the US comes with strategy which can be supported by The Netherlands.
"We are open to all forms of operational support," said Secretary of Defense Hennis, who was also present at the debate.
"If our country gets the question, then it is ready and willing to participate in an international coalition against IS," said the Prime Minister.