Lebanon & Syria

September 7, 2013

Yemeni supporters of Shiite al-Huthi group hold up a portrait of Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasarallah(L) and of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during a demonstration in Yemen. (AFP)
10:14 GMT

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, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, speaks about Syria at the Center for American Progress, September 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
06:00 GMT

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

Lebanese soldiers block a road leading to the American embassy in eastern Beirut. (AFP)
21:22 GMT

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.

A Syrian refugee boy sits on the side of the road at Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan (AFP)
12:57 GMT

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.

 Protesters hold pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and banners against a potential air strike against Syria in front of the US Embassy in Sofia on September 4, 2013. (AFP)
12:19 GMT

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 Russian Navy CCB-201 vessel (front) sails in the Bosphorus on September 5, 2013 in Istanbul, on its way for intelligence operations off the coasts of Syria (AFP)
11:41 GMT

The Kremlin has sent a warships carrying "special cargo" to Syria in anticipation of a US led strike against the Syrian government.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin welcomes US President Barack Obama at the start of the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in Saint Petersburg. (AFP)
06:00 GMT

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 Aramaic-speaking village of Maaloula was the scene of fierce clashes between Syrian troops and the Qaeda-linked Nusra front. (AFP/Getty)
13:01 GMT

The Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra front and Syrian regime forces clashed in a small Christian village northeast of Damascus, according to Syrian activists.

Jordan has seen the largest number of Syrian refugees entering its borders out of all Syria's neighbours since the conflict began in 2011. (AFP)
12:21 GMT

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.

Two Italian warships will be stationed offshore Lebanon to protect Italian UN peacekeepers. (AFP/File)
08:42 GMT

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.

Obama is expected to use the upcoming G20 summit in Moscow to try and rally support for his proposed military strike on Syria. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT

US President Barack Obama is likely to use the coming G20 summit in Moscow as a means to gain support for the anticipated US-led strike on Syria.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution authorising a military strike in Syria. (AFP)
06:47 GMT

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution that approves the US launching a military strike against Syria.

September 4, 2013

Syrian deputy Foreign Minister, Faisal Muqdad, warned that the Syrian government would not back down in the face of a western strike on Syria, even if World War Three kicks off. (AFP)
16:15 GMT

As the war of words between the West and Syria dominates the world stage, the Syrian government on Wednesday reasserted that the regime will not give into a US-led strike.

US President Obama said that the world "must not stay silent on Syria". (AFP/File)
15:12 GMT

US President Obama said that by not acting on Syria, the international community was increasing the possibility that other countries would use chemical weapons against civilians.

ordanian opposition protesters shout slogans during a anti-US demonstration outside the US embassy on September 1, 2013 in the Jordanian capital Amman. (AFP)
10:59 GMT

The Jordanian Armed Forces are on high alert in anticipation of a potential Syria strike.