August 30, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry revealed details of an intelligence report on Syria Friday, which says the regime prepared for days in advance to launch a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Damascus.
U.S. President Barack Obama met on Friday with his national security team on Syria, as the White House said it planned to release an intelligence report supposedly confirming the role of the Syrian regime in the death of hundreds by chemical attack in a Damascus suburb.
Supporters of ousted president Morsi began marching after noon prayers Friday in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt, amid tightened security measures.
At least four suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike Friday, including one local Qaeda leader.
Lebanon charged five people Friday, including one Syrian intelligence officer, over the Tripoli bombings that killed nearly 50 people last week.
Russia's top foreign policy adviser said Friday that the UK parliament's rejection of military action in Syria reflects the danger of foreign intervention.
French President François Hollande said Friday that France had not changed its position on a possible military intervention in Syria, following a UK parliament vote to abstain from possible action.
Israel has deployed its missile defense system over Tel Aviv, with Israeli forces engaging in military drills, following fears the country could be attacked if the West launches a military intervention in Syria.
Syria's opposition claimed Friday that the government has moved offices to schools and universities, fearing attacks on Damascus by the West, and that a large number of military defections have taken place very recently.
Iran has warned against U.S. military intervention in Syria, saying any such action would be met with attacks on Israel.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the United States would continue to seek out an international coalition to act together on Syria, despite the UK parliament voting against military action.
The UK parliament Thursday voted against taking military action in Syria, in a move seen as a severe rebuff for Prime Minister David Cameron.
August 29, 2013
Mohamed Beltagi, senior politician in the Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested in the outskirts of Cairo on Thursday during the continuing state crackdown on the Islamist movement.
11 people were killed in north of Baghdad on Thursday evening after a car bomb exploded at a popular fruits and vegetable market in the Iraqi capital.
A car bomb exploded in southeast Damascus on Thursday, killing nine soldiers and causing a spate of clashes between Syrian government troops and rebel forces.