Syria Calls for Mass Amnesty of Political Prisoners on Eve of Arab League Monitor Report

By: Monday January 16, 2012 8:55 am

The Syrian regime, trying to walk a fine line between staying in power and avoiding the ire of the international community, abruptly announced a general amnesty for “crimes” committed during the uprising, which began last March. The fact that this is the fourth such amnesty issued by Bashar al-Assad during the uprising probably blunts the [...]

Report: US Agrees in Principle to Transfer Taliban Prisoners to Afghanistan

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 2:19 pm

Let’s follow up on today’s item about the Taliban opening an office in Qatar, to begin work on a peace and reconciliation deal in Afghanistan. The counterpart to this action was supposed to be the transfer of several Taliban detainees at Guantanamo into Afghan custody. Because of the constraints placed by Congress on the movement [...]

Taliban Strikes Deal to Open Office in Qatar, to Negotiate Peace in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 8:15 am

The Taliban has agreed to open an office in Qatar, seen as a precursor to peace talks in Afghanistan. In a statement, Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said that along with agreeing to set up the office in Qatar, the group was asking that Taliban detainees held at the American prison in Guantánamo [...]

Qatari Diplomat Taken Into Custody On DC-Denver Flight

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 7:37 pm

United Flight 663, a flight from Reagan Airport in DC to Denver, landed safely at the Denver Airport last night with F-16 accompaniment, and a man who allegedly told an air marshal he was trying to set his shoes on fire was taken into custody. ABC News makes this sound like the man, a Qatari [...]

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