Regional News

August 31, 2013

Syrian troops fire a heavy machine gun mounted on a pick-up truck in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus on August 30, 2013. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/SAM SKAINE
11:28 GMT

A parliamentary delegation left for Syria and Lebanon on Saturday to examine the situation there.

SYRIA, DERIK : Fighters of the Kurdish of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) stand in a trench on August 28, 2013 about 30 kms south of the Kurdish town of Derik (aka al-Malikiyah in Arabic), in northeastern Hasakeh governorate, on the border with Turkey and Iraq. AFP PHOTO ALICE MARTINS
10:40 GMT

A Syrian security official said Saturday that the country was expecting a military strike "at any moment", just hours after U.N. inspectors left the capital Damascus.

EGYPT, Cairo : Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi clash with security forces, in Cairo, on August 30, 2013. TOPSHOTS/AFP PHOTO/MOHAMED EL-SHAHED
10:04 GMT

Friday saw a relatively low turnout of protesters in support of ousted President Morsi on the streets of Cairo, despite six dead and dozens of injuries.

SYRIA, DAMASCUS : A Syrian army tank maneuvers in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus on August 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO/SAM SKAINE
09:55 GMT

The government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria branded as "fabricated" a U.S. intelligence report which found the Syrian regime guilty of using chemical weapons on its own citizens.

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Syria during a meeting with Latvia President Andris Berzins, Estonia President Toomas Hendrik Ilves Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite and Vice President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington, DC, August 30, 2013.  AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON
09:19 GMT

U.S. President Barak Obama said on Friday he is mulling over military action in Syria, following the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

August 30, 2013

SYRIA, DAMASCUS : Syrians gather near vehicles of the United Nations (UN) arms experts as they inspect a site suspected of being hit by a deadly chemical weapons attack last week on August 28, 2013 in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus. AFP PHOTO /MOHAMED ABDULLAH
19:16 GMT

U.N. disarmament envoy Angela Kane left Syria Friday, whilst the rest of the U.N. chemical inspection team is expected to cross the border Saturday.

UNITED STATES, Washington : WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 30: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement at the State Department August 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP
18:59 GMT

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.

 A cutout of US President Barack Obama stands on the sidewalk as demonstrators march in protest during a rally against a possible US and allies attack on Syria in response to possible use of chemical weapons by the Assad government, in Lafayette Park in front of the White House in Washington, DC on August 29, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB
16:21 GMT

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.

EGYPT, Cairo : Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's toppled president Mohamed Morsi (portrait) take part in a demonstration in Hilwan, south of Cairo, on August 30, 2013.AFP PHOTO/STR
15:44 GMT

Supporters of ousted president Morsi began marching after noon prayers Friday in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt, amid tightened security measures.

YEMEN, SANAA : Yemeni security forces inspect a damaged military bus following a bomb blast in Sanaa on August 25, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS
14:44 GMT

At least four suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike Friday, including one local Qaeda leader.

LEBANON, Tripoli : People perform the Friday prayer on August 31, 2013, inside Al-Salam mosque that was targeted with a car bomb a week ago in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli. AFP PHOTO STR
14:11 GMT

Lebanon charged five people Friday, including one Syrian intelligence officer, over the Tripoli bombings that killed nearly 50 people last week.

AT SEA, ATLANTIC OCEAN : In this file picture downloaded from the US Navy website, taken on August 2, 2012, the guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely comes alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge  for a fueling at sea in the Atlantic Ocean. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY/Tamara Vaughn
13:48 GMT

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.

FRANCE, Paris : France's President Francois Hollande speaks during a press conference after a meeting with the President of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SNC) at the Elysee presidential palace on August 29, 2013 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD
13:21 GMT

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, Haifa : An Israeli man carries gas mask kits as he leaves a distribution center in the Mediterranean coastal city of Haifa, north of Israel, on August 29, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ
11:42 GMT

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, DAMASCUS : A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 26, 2013 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad giving an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia in Damascus, during which he warned the United States of "failure" if it attacks Syria. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA
10:40 GMT

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.