Lebanon & Syria
September 16, 2013
Great Britain, the US and France on Monday agreed to increase their backing of the Syrian rebels fighting Syrian government troops.
A recent UK study indicates that out of the 100,000 Syrian rebel forces, over half of them belong to jihadist or radical Islamist groups.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will present the findings of the UN chemical weapons team, who recently returned from Damascus where they investigated claims chemical agents were used on August 21.
The Jordanian government on Sunday announced that it is currently hosting 2,130 defectors from the Syrian army in a special military complex.
The Syrian government on Sunday confirmed that it agrees to comply with the UN Security Council over a plan to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal.
September 15, 2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that US military force against Syria was still a "very real possibility", just one day after the US and Russia agreed to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel hopes Syria's chemical weapons arsenal will be completely wiped out in the US-Russian deal.
The Syrian National Coalition has called for the international ban on the Assad regime's use of weapons to be extended to its air power in urban areas.
The Free Syrian Army has rejected the recently devised US-Russian plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, arguing that it will allow Assad to avoid being held accountable for his chemical weapons attack on Damascus on August 21.
The Syrian opposition on Saturday elected moderate Islamist Ahmad Tumeh as provisional prime minister.
September 14, 2013
A summary of what is coming down the pipeline in terms of decisions about Syria.
During the most recent UN meeting, UN Chief Ban accuses Assad of war crimes and pushes for full accountability from Assad and his regime in the deaths of thousands.
September 13, 2013
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani praises Syria for progress in chemical weapons overturn. Hassan also looks to use UN meeting as a communication launch for next steps in Tehran's uranium enrichment.
Talks continue in Geneva as Syria and U.S. test the waters of agreements around the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons program.
September 12, 2013
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday that he will surrender his chemical weapons stockpiles to the international community on the provision that the US stops threatening to launch a military strike against Syria.