Lebanon & Syria

September 5, 2013

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.

A top Hezbollah official apparently admitted that the Syrian government was behind the use of chemical weapons in Syria, according to German intelligence. Pro-Assad Turks wave flags with his face on it in Hatay, Turkey. (AFP)
09:09 GMT

German intelligence reportedly picked up a phone conversation between a Hezbollah official and the Iranian embassy that allegedly proves that Bashar Assad and his government were behind the attacks on August 21.

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of "The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria" in Washington, DC. (AFP)
08:54 GMT

During a public exchange in Congress late Tuesday, US Secretary of State made a brief reference to putting US troops in Syria, but quickly retracted the statement.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin, a stauch ally of Bashar Assad, has called claims that the regime used chemical agents against civilians in Damascus 'ludicrous'. (AFP)
07:42 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday slammed claims that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime was the perpetrator of the chemical attacks in Damascus but said if it was proved, Russia may partake in a military strike.

September 3, 2013

Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Francois Hollande in the Oval Office at the White House on May 18, 2012 (AFP)
16:25 GMT

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday called on Europe to take a unified stance against the Syrian crisis, adding that France would not act in Syria without the US.

Syrian army soldiers are seen deployed in the Jobar neighbourhood of Damascus on August 24, 2013. (AFP)
10:33 GMT

Some 55 soldiers from the Syrian army have defected from the regime and are now based in the Damascus suburbs, according to Syrian activists.

A child pulls a suitcase as Syrian refugees arrive in Turkey at the Cilvegozu crossing gate of Reyhanli, in Hatay, on August 31, 2013. (AFP)
07:18 GMT

According to recent UN estimates, more than two million Syrians have fled the violence in their country and become refugees across the region.

September 2, 2013

US President Barack Obama (R) and French President Francois Hollande attend a G8 session on May 19, 2012 in Maryland (AFP/File)
19:35 GMT

Newly released intelligence has caused France to accuse Syrian President Bashar Assad of launching a deliberate and large-scale chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians on August 21.

Israeli residents inspect the damage caused by a rocket fired from Lebanon in to their Kibbutz of Gesher Haziv in northern Israel on August 22, 2013. (AFP)
10:53 GMT

Three Lebanese nationals were arrested on Monday and charged with firing rockets into Israeli territory on August 22.

Syrian troops fire a heavy machine gun mounted on a pick-up truck in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus on August 30, 2013. (AFP)
09:33 GMT

Syrian army troops and fighters from the Nusra front clashed in Eastern Ghouta, the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack, in the outskirts of Damascus on Monday morning.