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According to the State Department, the new aid would bring total US support to the anti-government groups to about $400 million.
Ameri, who also heads the Badr Organization political party, lashed out at the US for failing to fulfill its earlier promises to provide Baghdad with military assistance in the fight against Takfiri terrorists.
He stressed that receiving weaponry and military assistance from the US should not take place at the expense of sacrificing Iraq’s sovereignty, censuring those who "kiss the hands of the Americans and get nothing in return."
Some governments, including Turkey, have reacted furiously to the call by saying nothing would come out of such talks. France and Britain have also adopted similar positions.
The average life expectancy for Syrians in 2014 has dropped by more than 20 years, from 79.5 in 2010 to 55.7, due to violence and the breakdown of the country’s public infrastructure.
This situation, exacerbated by the contracting of the economy, is giving rise to localized ‘economies of violence’ – a warning to all stakeholders in the Syria conflict.
The report relates Syria’s decline to the growth of ‘economies of violence’ where national sovereignty, the rule of law and human security have been undermined. Localized economies of violence are often linked to militias, criminal networks and black markets that exploit commerce, trade and trafficking for malign purpose and illegitimate gain.
The report makes clear that while the odds are unevenly stacked, there is still hope of reversing the devastating trends if the conflict can be swiftly resolved through a committed political process that can restore a sense of security, well-being and rehabilitation for those that the conflict has robbed of agency.
UNRWA continues to appeal for all efforts to be made to find a negotiated solution as a matter of utmost priority.
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight.