Lebanon & Syria

September 17, 2013

Volunteers take part in a simulation of how to respond to a chemical attack, in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 15, 2013. Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said the use of chemical agents should not be allowed to 'minimise' the Syrian crisis. (AFP)
11:13 GMT

The Saudi Arabian cabinet said Tuesday that the use of chemical weapons in Syria must be used to 'minimise' the ongoing sectarian conflict.

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power speaks to the media about the conclusion of the UN inspectors' report on chemical weapons use in Syria. The US, UK and France are preparing to push the UN to draw up a resolution over destroying Syria's chemical arsenal. (AFP)
09:56 GMT

Western powers, including the US, UK and France, on Tuesday readied to push for a UN resolution that will see Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles destroyed.

Hezbollah on Monday re-pledged its support to the Syrian regime and vowed to attack Israel. Lebanese children fly the national Lebanese flag (L) and the Hezbollah flag. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah on Monday vowed undying support to the Syrian regime in the face of the US-Israel aggression towards Damascus.

September 16, 2013

The UN's report on chemical weapons states unequivocally that chemical agents, specifically the gas sarin, was used in the Damascus attack on August 21. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT

Information leaked from the upcoming UN report on chemical weapons use in Syria indicates that there is irrefutable evidence that chemical weapons have been used on a wide scale in the Syrian conflict.

 US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and British Foreign Secretary William Hague (L) listen on September 16, 2013 to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (C) during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Paris following their meeting on the Syria crisis. (AFP)
12:42 GMT

Great Britain, the US and France on Monday agreed to increase their backing of the Syrian rebels fighting Syrian government troops.

Over half the forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad are hardline Islamists, a UK study said Monday. Here, rebels shoot at army positions on the outskirts of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
09:27 GMT

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.

This photo taken on August 28, 2013, in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus, shows United Nations (UN) arms experts arriving to inspect a site suspected of being hit by a deadly chemical weapons attack the previous week. (AFP)
08:37 GMT

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.

Syrian army soliders walk in the Damascus suburb of Jobar in August. Jordan said on Sunday that it is currently housing over 2,000 Syrian army defectors. (AFP)
07:00 GMT

The Jordanian government on Sunday announced that it is currently hosting 2,130 defectors from the Syrian army in a special military complex.

Members of rebel brigades parade at a former military academy north of Aleppo. Syrian rebels have expressed disdain for US President Barack Obama after he backed away from striking over alleged chemical weapons attacks, while saying the world doesn't really care about Syria. (AFP)
06:00 GMT

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 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.