Week ending 17 June 2018

UNITED STATES – The U.S. Department of State is to release approximately $6.6 million for the continuation of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets, and the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM).

The White Helmets legitimacy is in serious question. It is claimed they are a propaganda arm of the US-UK coalition against Assad’s government, staging and filming “chemical weapons” attacks and blaming it on the Assad regime.

SYRIA: (SANA) Twelve civilians of the same family were killed and two others injured Tuesday in an attack by the US-led international coalition against the locals in the village of Tal al-Shayer in Hasaka countryside – state media.

AFGHANISTAN: 13 people have been confirmed dead with another 30 injured in a bomb attack outside a government ministry in Kabul on Monday.

SINGAPORE: A landmark first one-on-one meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un concluded after around 48 minutes Tuesday. The two men met in Singapore with only their interpreters, before going into a second meeting where they are joined by key aides.

TURKEY: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday strongly criticized Austria’s move to close mosques and expel Turkish-funded imams, slamming the decision as anti-Islamic and promising a response, reported AFP.

“These measures taken by the Austrian prime minister are, I fear, leading the world towards a war between the cross and the crescent,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul.