Tehran, Hezbollah behind Syria upheaval: Saudi Arabia

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) shakes hands with Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel Al Jubeir (L) during a meeting in Ankara, on Wednesday. (AFP)
Updated 09 February 2017

Tehran, Hezbollah behind Syria upheaval: Saudi Arabia

ANKARA: Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran and Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria for complicating matters and hindering the efforts aiming for a peaceful solution.
In a joint press conference on Wednesday with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said: “Our goal is to keep Syria’s unity and help the nation restore its security and stability so that the Syrian people could start a country that meets their aspirations.”
However, he added: “We will cooperate with the international community to back Syrian people and implement the Geneva 1 Conference declaration and the UN Security Council’s resolution no. 2254. And we are hoping that the Astana talks would result in a cease-fire agreement and a mechanism for sending assistance to all Syrian areas.”
Al-Jubeir said: “We believe that the PKK and the PYD are terrorist organizations, and we support any endeavors to exterminate terror in any place in the world. Saudi Arabia is a founding country of the international anti-Daesh alliance.”
He added: “The Saudi Air Force is conducting regular operations over Syria to target the terrorist group’s positions. We are looking forward to cooperating with (US) President (Donald) Trump’s administration to step up efforts in order to exterminate Daesh.”


Let militants return home, French anti-terror magistrate urges

In this file photo taken on July 22, 2019 French antiterrorist judge David De Pas poses during a photo session in Paris. (AFP)
Updated 21 October 2019

Let militants return home, French anti-terror magistrate urges

  • Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish militia in northeast Syria has sparked fears that some of the 12,000 militants, including thousands of foreigners, being held in Syrian Kurdish prisons could escape

PARIS: The refusal of the French government to take back Daesh militants from Syria could fuel a new militant recruitment drive in France, threatening public safety, a leading anti-terrorism investigator has told AFP.
David De Pas, coordinator of France’s 12 anti-terrorism examining magistrates, said it would be “better to know that these people are in the care of the judiciary” in France “than let them roam free.”
Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish militia in northeast Syria has sparked fears that some of the 12,000 militants, including thousands of foreigners, being held in Syrian Kurdish prisons could escape.
Officials in Paris say 60 to 70 French fighters are among those held, with around 200 adults, including militants’ wives, being held in total, along with some 300 children.

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France has refused to allow the adults return home, saying they must face local justice. So far Paris has only taken back a handful of children, mostly orphans.

France has refused to allow the adults return home, saying they must face local justice. So far Paris has only taken back a handful of children, mostly orphans.
This week, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian traveled to Iraq to try convince Baghdad to take in and try French militants being held in northern Syria. On Friday, in a rare interview, De Pas argued that instability in the region and the “porous nature” of the Syrian Kurdish prison camps risked triggering “uncontrolled migration of jihadists to Europe, with the risk of attacks by very ideological people.”
The Turkish offensive, which has detracted the Kurds’ attention from fighting Daesh, could also facilitate the “re-emergence of battle-hardened, determined terrorist groups.”