Lebanon & Syria
August 25, 2013
Top Western and Arab military officials are scheduled to meet in Amman later this week to discuss 'regional security' and a possible intervention in Syria, according to the Jordanian Armed Forces.
Syrian opposition forces reportedly received four hundred tonnes of Gulf-financed weapons on Sunday from Turkey, the biggest yet in the Syrian civil war.
Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi on Sunday warned that any US-led military intervention in Syria in response to alleged chemical weapons use would be 'no picnic' and would cause a huge fallout in the Middle East.
The Lebanese army has beefed up security across Tripoli following twin car bomb attacks that killed 45 people on Friday.
US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron spoke on Saturday to discuss a possible Western intervention in Syria following allegations of a government launched chemical weapons attack last week. The two leaders spoke of the increasing signs of Syrian government culpability.
US Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly urged Syrian foreign minister Walid Al Moallem to allow the UN chemical weapons investigative unit currently in Damascus to have full access to the site of an alleged nerve gas attack that killed hundreds.
August 22, 2013
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called for a swift investigation without delay over allegations that the Syrian government launched a chemical weapons attack on a residential suburb of Damascus.
The Syrian opposition said that it is still finding bodies from the chemical weapons attack the Syrian regime allegedly launched against a residential suburb of Damascus on Wednesday.
Syrian President Assad's political position is being bolstered by the ongoing crisis in Egypt, Syrian foreign minister Walid Moallem said Thursday.
Nabil Elaraby, Arab League Chief, said the crisis in Egypt is unique and should not be compared to what is happening in Syria, calling the two-year old conflict an extension of US-Russian Cold War politics.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that if the allegations of the Syrian regime using chemical weapons against its people are true, the international community would respond with force.
Syrian activists said the Syrian regime bombed rebel-held areas of the Damascus suburbs one day after the opposition accused Bashar Assad's army of killing hundreds in a chemical weapons attack.
August 21, 2013
The UN's chief chemical weapons investigator is carefully monitoring the allegations of a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on Wednesday, as the UN Security Council is set to meet to discuss the situation.
The Syrian opposition said that more than 1,300 people, including children, have died from an alleged chemical weapon attack launched against the rebel-held area of Ghouta, near Damascus, by Syrian regime forces.
The international community on Wednesday put pressure on the UN to properly investigate claims that the Syrian government used chemical agents on a rebel-held area outside of Damascus.