Lebanon & Syria
September 7, 2013
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.
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 that approves the US launching a military strike against Syria.
September 4, 2013
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 by not acting on Syria, the international community was increasing the possibility that other countries would use chemical weapons against civilians.
The Jordanian Armed Forces are on high alert in anticipation of a potential Syria strike.