MOSCOW — Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday it suspected Turkey of preparing an invasion of Syria.
“We have reasonable grounds to suspect intensive training in Turkey for a military invasion of the territory of a sovereign state – the Syrian Arab Republic,” the ministry’s spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in an online statement. (Russia-Turkey-Syria)
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LONDON — War-affected Syrians have been promised more than 10 billion U.S. dollars of aid by countries attending the conference here on Thursday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced.
He said the money would provide millions with “life-saving” food, medical care and shelter, the BBC reported. (Syria-Britain-Aid)
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RIYADH — A Saudi general said on Thursday that his country is ready to participate in a ground operations in Syria to against fight Islamic State (IS) militants, Al Arabiya local TV reported.
Brigadier Ahmed Asiri, spokesperson for the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen, told an interview with the Arabiya TV that Saudi Arabia is ready to join ground operations in the U.S.-led coalition against the IS group in Syria. (Saudi-Syria-Troops)
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WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama will require oil companies to pay 10 U.S. dollars for every barrel of oil in his budget plan to be released next week, as part of efforts to create a cleaner, more sustainable transportation system, the White House said Thursday.
Republicans in the U.S. Congress reacted promptly to Obama’s proposal for the oil tax, vowing to kill what they called an “absurd” idea. (U.S.-Oil) Enditem