Lebanon & Syria
September 5, 2013
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Some 55 soldiers from the Syrian army have defected from the regime and are now based in the Damascus suburbs, according to Syrian activists.
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
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.
Three Lebanese nationals were arrested on Monday and charged with firing rockets into Israeli territory on August 22.
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.