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September 17, 2013

Hezbollah on Monday re-pledged its support to the Syrian regime and vowed to attack Israel. Lebanese children fly the national Lebanese flag (L) and the Hezbollah flag. (AFP/File)
07:50 GMT

Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah on Monday vowed undying support to the Syrian regime in the face of the US-Israel aggression towards Damascus.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has implied that if the West lifts all sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Iran will shut down one of its nuclear facilities. (AFP/File)
07:19 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may be willing to shut down Fordow's nuclear facility if the West removes all sanctions on Iran.

September 16, 2013

The UN's report on chemical weapons states unequivocally that chemical agents, specifically the gas sarin, was used in the Damascus attack on August 21. (AFP/File)
15:24 GMT

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.

 US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and British Foreign Secretary William Hague (L) listen on September 16, 2013 to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (C) during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Paris following their meeting on the Syria crisis. (AFP)
12:42 GMT

Great Britain, the US and France on Monday agreed to increase their backing of the Syrian rebels fighting Syrian government troops.

A Palestinian woman passes by a sign marking the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut, Lebanon [GALLO/GETTY]
12:03 GMT

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat vowed to keep refugee's rights at the forefront of peace negotiations in a statement released on the 31st anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, which saw over 800 Palestinian refugees killed.

A screenshot of an Iranian military adviser talking to Syrian army troops (Al Bawaba/YouTube)
11:04 GMT

A series of videos published this week give 'tangible indicators' that Iran is militarily involved in Syria, with footage showing Iranian advisers talking to Syrian army troops near Aleppo.

10 Egyptian soldiers were injured in Sinai on Monday after a roadside bomb exploded. (AFP)
10:37 GMT

A roadside bomb in the Sinai peninsula injured 10 Egyptian soldiers on Monday, as the army launches a major offensive against militant groups in the area.

A picture taken from the southern Gaza Strip shows an Egyptian soldier standing guard on the border between Egypt and the Palestinian territory. The Egyptian army vowed to continue its crack down on the Sinai peninsula on Monday. (AFP)
09:38 GMT

The spokesperson for the Egyptian army said Monday that it will continue to launch offensives against the Sinai peninsula until militant forces have been completely eradicated from the area.

Over half the forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad are hardline Islamists, a UK study said Monday. Here, rebels shoot at army positions on the outskirts of Aleppo. (AFP/File)
09:27 GMT

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.

This photo taken on August 28, 2013, in the Eastern Ghouta area on the northeastern outskirts of Damascus, shows United Nations (UN) arms experts arriving to inspect a site suspected of being hit by a deadly chemical weapons attack the previous week. (AFP)
08:37 GMT

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.

Syrian army soliders walk in the Damascus suburb of Jobar in August. Jordan said on Sunday that it is currently housing over 2,000 Syrian army defectors. (AFP)
07:00 GMT

The Jordanian government on Sunday announced that it is currently hosting 2,130 defectors from the Syrian army in a special military complex.

Members of rebel brigades parade at a former military academy north of Aleppo. Syrian rebels have expressed disdain for US President Barack Obama after he backed away from striking over alleged chemical weapons attacks, while saying the world doesn't really care about Syria. (AFP)
06:00 GMT

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

An Iraqi child stands by the wreckage of a burnt car on the site of a car bomb explosion in the city of Suweirah, south of Baghdad, on Sunday. A wave of attacks across Iraq, including more than a dozen car bombs, killed at least 30 people while the head of Baghdad's provincial council escaped assassination. (AFP)
18:33 GMT

A series of car bombings and shootings targeting Shiite-majority areas of Iraq killed 46 people on Sunday in the latest wave of violence gripping the country.

US Secretary of State John Kerry grimaces during a press conference in Geneva on September 14, 2013 after holding talks with his Russian counterpart on Syria's chemical weapons. Washington and Moscow have agreed a deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons, Kerry said after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Kerry said Sunday that the US is still prepared to use force against Syria if diplomacy fails. (AFP)
18:16 GMT

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 PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is hoping for the 'complete destruction' of Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. (AFP)
12:47 GMT

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.