Lebanon & Syria
September 11, 2013
The UNHCR said on Wednesday that over 100 refugees are to be relocated to Hanover, Germany from Lebanon in a bid to offer them access to improved humanitarian care.
In a televised address from the Oval Office, U.S. President Barack Obama vowed to explore a diplomatic initiative from Russia to neutralize Syria's chemical weapons.
September 10, 2013
Even as the prospect of a military strike on Syria dimmed significantly, a forensic expert from the Syrian government came forward to say he has evidence about the chemical attacks.
France on Tuesday said it would submit a draft UN resolution that will allow Damascus to avoid military intervention if it puts its chemical weapons stockpiles under international control.
US President Obama dismissed threats made by Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and Iran that they would retaliate with force if the US launched a military on Syria.
After US Secretary of State John Kerry inadvertently said that Syria could hand over its chemical weapons stockpiles in a bid to avoid US military action, Russia proposed the idea to the Syrian government
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that a Russian plan for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control was “potentially positive”.
September 9, 2013
The majority of the American people and the US Congress are opposed to a military strike in Syria, and in a bid to sway opinion, the White House aired graphic videos of the chemical weapons attack to make a case for military action.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that Syrian President Bashar Assad, his brother Maher and an unnamed army general are the sole people in control of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.
The Syrian army on Monday launched an offensive against rebel outposts outside the Christian-majority town of Maaloula, near Damascus, after Islamist Syrian rebels seized the town on Saturday.
After talking with his Syrian counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Washington that Damascus is ready to focus on peace talks, urging the US to consider a military strike on Syria.
The US military strike on Syria could potentially close down Beirut's airport. Lebanon is preparing itself for a wide variety of eventualities.
China urges US to seek approval from UN before continuing any Syrian intervention efforts.
Syrian President Bashar Assad denied any involvement in the chemical weapons attack on Damascus on August 21 and called on the US to provide evidence to the contrary during an interview with CBS on Sunday.
September 8, 2013
The Pentagon is planning attacks on Syria that will last for as long as three days. "Many more" than the initially planned key fifty targets will be targeted during the course of the campaign.