The U.N. Security Council endorses a roadmap to peace in Syria and the Islamic State declares war on Saudi Arabia.
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For the first time in the nearly five year Syrian civil war, a roadmap for peace in the country has been endorsed by the U.N. Security Council.
The text sets in motion formal peace talks, which would begin in January, and it tasks the United Nations with figuring out how to monitor a nationwide ceasefire.
Speaking to the Security Council, Secretary of State John Kerry offered the following:
“Under the resolution approved today, the purpose of those negotiations between the responsible opposition and the government is to facilitate a transition within Syria to a credible, inclusive, nonsectarian governance within six months. The process would lead to the drafting of a new constitution and arrangements for internationally supervised election within 18 months.”
A political peace process in Syria would notably not feature the Islamic State, and the fight against the terrorist group is likely to accelerate.
Earlier this week Saudi Arabia said it’s forming a military coalition to battle this group, and in return, the Islamic State has now declared war on Saudi Arabia.
In videos posted to social media, Islamic State fighters taunt Saudi leaders, urging them to send troops into Syria. The footage that follows shows the execution of an alleged Saudi spy.
And nearly 150 blank European Union passports have been seized in Istanbul, Turkey. Two men were trying to get the documents through Ataturk Airport when they were discovered. The documents were reportedly hidden inside a miniature pizza oven.
The news fuels concerns in Europe that terrorist groups are working to disguise attackers by providing them with false documents. Last week, U.S. intelligence officials said the Islamic State possess several official passport machines after seizing passport offices in two Syrian cities.
No word yet if the two men arrested had any ties to terrorism.
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