Nobody Home at the State Department (Foreign Policy)
@1 year ago
"Two months into Secretary of State John Kerry’s tenure, a large number of senior State Department positions remain vacant, and the process to fill them seems indefinitely stalled, officials inside the department tellThe Cable.
When Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton, came into office, she negotiated for herself 100 percent control over State Department appointments and largely kept Obama campaign officials at arms’ length. Kerry has no such deal with the White House, and his office is only one voice in a White House-managed appointment process that is moving as slowly as molasses, several State Department officials and insiders say.”
NATO nixes Syria action plan (Hürriyet)
@1 year ago with 1 note
“NATO rejected Turkey’s request for the adoption of a contingency plan to include the establishment a no-fly zone over Syrian airspace, which was made during a meeting last week in Brussels after Turkey invoked Article Four of the NATO Treaty in response to Syria’s downing of a Turkish jet in international airspace. “
#Syria #NATO #no fly zone
Syrian military says it downed Turkish fighter jet (BBC)
@1 year ago with 2 notes
"A spokesman said the plane, an F-4 Phantom, was dealt with ‘according to the laws that govern such situations’, the state news agency Sana said.
The Turkish prime minister said his country would ‘take the necessary steps’ once all the facts were known.
The Turkish and Syrian navies are meanwhile engaged in a joint search for the two missing crew members.”
#Syria #Turkey #airforce #navy