Lebanon & Syria
September 17, 2013
The Saudi Arabian cabinet said Tuesday that the use of chemical weapons in Syria must be used to 'minimise' the ongoing sectarian conflict.
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.
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
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.
Great Britain, the US and France on Monday agreed to increase their backing of the Syrian rebels fighting Syrian government troops.
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.
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.
The Jordanian government on Sunday announced that it is currently hosting 2,130 defectors from the Syrian army in a special military complex.
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 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 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel hopes Syria's chemical weapons arsenal will be completely wiped out in the US-Russian deal.
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.
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.
The Syrian opposition on Saturday elected moderate Islamist Ahmad Tumeh as provisional prime minister.
September 14, 2013
A summary of what is coming down the pipeline in terms of decisions about Syria.