U.N.: Syria peace talks to take place in January
GENEVA | Syria’s government and opposition will meet for the first time Jan. 22 in Geneva, in an attempt to halt the nearly 3-year-old civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people, the U.N. announced Monday.
Previous attempts to bring the two sides together have failed, mainly because of disputes over who should represent the Syrian opposition and government, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s future role in the country, and whether Iran, Saudi Arabia and other powers should be at the table.
During nearly 12 years of legal disputes and political battles, the U.S. has put off deciding the fate of militants held at Guantanamo Bay. Now, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, which allowed the U.S. military to invade Afghanistan to pursue, detain and punish extremists linked to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks may expire.