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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    According to the German foreign minister, all sides of the Syrian conflict need to unite in the fight against terrorism.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — All Syrian forces must unite in fighting Daesh (the Arab world for the Islamic State, IS, ISIL), German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday.

    "As long as the sides to Syrian civil war are only fighting among themselves, the IS is laughing <…> That is why in Vienna, we agreed to work on a political process and a ceasefire between the Syrian army and the opposition so all forces can be directed against the IS," the minister told the Bild newspaper.

    The latest round of Vienna peace talks on Syrian reconciliation, held in October, agreed on upholding the 2012 Geneva communique on Syria, which entails finding a political solution to Syria's civil war and starting negotiations between opposing factions on January 1, 2016.

    The foreign minister spoke a day after Germany's defense ministry spokesman rejected cooperation with Syrian government forces against Daesh as long as President Bashar Assad was in power in Syria.

    German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Monday that cooperation with Syria's armed forces would only be possible after Assad's departure.

    Assad's government now has a chance to show its determination in fighting Daesh instead of using barrel bombs and chemical weapons against Syrian citizens, Steinmeier said. Daesh is a terrorist group banned in Russia.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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