Lebanon & Syria
September 16, 2013
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.
During the most recent UN meeting, UN Chief Ban accuses Assad of war crimes and pushes for full accountability from Assad and his regime in the deaths of thousands.
September 13, 2013
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani praises Syria for progress in chemical weapons overturn. Hassan also looks to use UN meeting as a communication launch for next steps in Tehran's uranium enrichment.
Talks continue in Geneva as Syria and U.S. test the waters of agreements around the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons program.
September 12, 2013
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday that he will surrender his chemical weapons stockpiles to the international community on the provision that the US stops threatening to launch a military strike against Syria.
The Russian government on Thursday produced a four-step plan that will allow Syria to hand over its chemical weapons stockpiles so that they are put under international control in the US.
Syrian opposition groups say there has been another chemical weapons attack in Damascus, in the suburb of Jobar.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed piece for US newspaper the New York Times on Thursday, in which he warned Americans over the
Two stray mortary shells fired from Syrian territory hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Thursday.