US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation in Syria at a meeting in Paris, on January 13, 2014. (DW-TV)
The international community and regional powers have obviously come to the conclusion not to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in order to ward off a bigger catastrophe in the region. We think the next step is not far: from passive support for the rebels to active support for Assad and his security apparatus against a growing Jihadist movement.
Payback statement by Syria
On January 15, as reported by Reuters and the Lebanese Broadcasting cooperation (LBC), Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said intelligence services of some Western countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have visited Damascus to discuss security cooperation.
Politbürochef der Hamas Organisation, Khaled Mashaal, trifft am Sonntag zu Gesprächen in Jordanien mit König Abdullah II. zusammen, in Begleitung von Katars Kronprinz Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. (INN)
Einordnung: Jordanien hat die Hamas Organisation 1999 verboten und Mashaal des Landes verwiesen. Er residiert derzeit in Damaskus.