Lebanon & Syria
September 8, 2013
A new report indicates that British companies sold the Syrian government the chemical agent used to kill more than 1,400 civilians in Damascus last month.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the number of countries backing a strike on Syria was now in double digits, and that the world must not be 'silent spectators to slaughter'.
The European Union, whilst meeting in Lithuania on Saturday, called for a unified international response to the Syrian crisis, urging the US to wait until the UN finishes its investigation into chemical weapons claim before taking action.
September 7, 2013
US President Barack Obama rejected calls made at the G20 summit in St Petersburg for an alternative to a military strike on Syria.
Salim Idriss, head of the leading rebel group the Free Syrian Army, said Friday that there were indicators showing that the US Congress would not vote in favour of a military strike on Syria as he urged for the US to back Obama's plan to attack.
The Syrian government has mobilised its regional allies, Iran and Hezbollah, in the anticipation of a US-led strike, creating a military operations room and readying thousands of troops.
Samantha Power, the US representative to the UN, said Friday that a military strike on Syria was the US' only remaining option, and that Washington could not allow Assad to "kill his way to victory"
September 6, 2013
The US state department has ordered its diplomatic staff leave the US embassy in Beirut as Washington prepares to vote on a potential military strike in Syria.
Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour reiterated Thursday that Jordan will not partake in any strike on Syria, and will not be a launchpad for military action.
The European Union said Friday that new evidence from Syria suggests that Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack on a Damascus suburb in August.
The Kremlin has sent a warships carrying "special cargo" to Syria in anticipation of a US led strike against the Syrian government.
The United States on Thursday charged Russia with holding the United Nations Security Council hostage with its vetoing power over the potential military strike in Syria.
September 5, 2013
The Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra front and Syrian regime forces clashed in a small Christian village northeast of Damascus, according to Syrian activists.
Jordanian officials say there are some 50,000 Syrian refugees awaiting to enter the country as anticipation of a US-led strike on Syria prompts thousands to flee their homes.
The Italian army is sending two warships towards Lebanon to protect the Italian members of the UN peacekeeping mission in the south of the country.