Mattis: US reviewing Syria safe zones but has many questions

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis holds a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Updated 08 May 2017
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Mattis: US reviewing Syria safe zones but has many questions

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the US will take a close look at Russia’s plan to create several safe zones in Syria.
Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to enforce a cease-fire between Syrian government and opposition forces in four locations. Russia says map details won’t be published until early June.
Traveling with reporters to Copenhagen, Mattis tells reporters that the “devil is always in the details.”
Mattis says of the proposed safe zones: “Who is going to be ensuring they’re safe? Who is signing up for it? Who is specifically to be kept out of them? All these details are to be worked out and we’re engaged.”


Egypt hands out 11 life sentences for joining Daesh

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Egypt hands out 11 life sentences for joining Daesh

  • Giza criminal court on Monday says the defendants all traveled abroad to fight for Daesh

CAIRO: An Egyptian court has sentenced 11 people to life in prison on charges of joining the Daesh group in Syria and Iraq.
Giza criminal court on Monday says the defendants all traveled abroad to fight for Daesh and receive military training.
Two other defendants got 15-year sentences, and another was given three years for the same charges. These include possessing weapons and plotting attacks against security forces and state institutions.
The verdicts can be appealed, and the court has dropped the charges against another defendant.
Egypt is battling its own Daesh-led insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula. That fight intensified in 2013 after the military overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president.
Militants in Egypt have carried out scores of attacks, mainly targeting security forces and minority Christians.