Lebanon & Syria

September 15, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry grimaces during a press conference in Geneva on September 14, 2013 after holding talks with his Russian counterpart on Syria's chemical weapons. Washington and Moscow have agreed a deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, Kerry said after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry said Sunday that the US is still prepared to use force against Syria if diplomacy fails. (AFP)
18:16 GMT

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 PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is hoping for the 'complete destruction' of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. (AFP)
12:47 GMT

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.

(From L-R) Member of the General Secretariat of the Syrian National Council Mohammad Farouk Tayfour, General Secretary of the Syrian National Council Bader Jamous, chief of the Syrian National Council (SNC) Ahmad Jarba (C), and member of the coalition Monzer Akbik attend a meeting of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition forces on September 13, 2013, in Istanbul. (AFP)
10:23 GMT

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.

A man walks through a destroyed residential area of the Syrian city of Saraqib, southwest of Aleppo, on September 9, 2013, following repeated airstrikes by government forces. The Free Syrian Army have rejected the latest solution to the Syria crisis offered by the US and Russia. (AFP)
08:22 GMT

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.

Ahmad Tumeh was elected provisional PM of the SNC on Saturday. Here, members of Syrian National coalition (SNC) attend a meeting of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition forces on September 13, 2013, in Istanbul. (AFP)
06:00 GMT

The Syrian opposition on Saturday elected moderate Islamist Ahmad Tumeh as provisional prime minister.

September 14, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (back to camera) meet while seated with their senior aides at a hotel in Geneva on September 14, 2013.  [AFP]
11:35 GMT

A summary of what is coming down the pipeline in terms of decisions about Syria.

SYRIA, DAMASCUS : A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on September 12, 2013, shows President Bashar al-Assad attending an interview with Russian television [AFP]
06:21 GMT

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

Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev shows the way to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rowhani at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. [AFP]
13:14 GMT

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.

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov give a joint press conference in Geneva following their meeting on Syria's chemical weapons, on September 12, 2013. [AFP]
06:55 GMT

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 he will not surrender Syria's chemical weapon stockpiles unless the US stops threatening to launch a strike against the country. (AFP)
18:37 GMT

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.

Syrian American protesters gather outside the US Capitol urging Congress to support US. President Barack Obama in striking Syria. Russia has come up with a proposal that will allow Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stockpiles to the US. (AFP)
15:59 GMT

The Russian government on Thursday produced a four-step plan that will allow Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stockpiles so that they are put under international control in the US.

The Syrian opposition says there has been another chemical weapons attack in Damascus. The last chemical weapons attack, on 21 August, killed over 1,400 people. (AFP/File)
13:56 GMT

Syrian opposition groups say there has been another chemical weapons attack in Damascus, in the suburb of Jobar.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin wrote a direct appeal to the American people over the Syria conflict in an op-ed piece for the New York Times. (AFP)
13:00 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed piece for US newspaper the New York Times on Thursday, in which he warned Americans over the

Two stray mortary shells from Syria hit the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday. Druze women from Israel watch mortar shells exploding in the Golan Heights in June. (AFP/File)
10:38 GMT

Two stray mortary shells fired from Syrian territory hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday.

Fabius, French Foreign Minister. said Thursday that the UN will publish its findings on Syria's use of chemical weapons on Monday. (AFP)
09:23 GMT

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced Thursday that the report from the UN chemical team investigating an alleged chemical weapons attack will 'probably' be published Monday.