August 31, 2013
A Syrian security official said Saturday that the country was expecting a military strike "at any moment", just hours after U.N. inspectors left the capital Damascus.
Friday saw a relatively low turnout of protesters in support of ousted President Morsi on the streets of Cairo, despite six dead and dozens of injuries.
The government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria branded as "fabricated" a U.S. intelligence report which found the Syrian regime guilty of using chemical weapons on its own citizens.
U.S. President Barak Obama said on Friday he is mulling over military action in Syria, following the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
August 30, 2013
U.N. disarmament envoy Angela Kane left Syria Friday, whilst the rest of the U.N. chemical inspection team is expected to cross the border Saturday.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry revealed details of an intelligence report on Syria Friday, which says the regime prepared for days in advance to launch a chemical weapons attack on civilians in Damascus.
U.S. President Barack Obama met on Friday with his national security team on Syria, as the White House said it planned to release an intelligence report supposedly confirming the role of the Syrian regime in the death of hundreds by chemical attack in a Damascus suburb.
Supporters of ousted president Morsi began marching after noon prayers Friday in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt, amid tightened security measures.
At least four suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike Friday, including one local Qaeda leader.
Lebanon charged five people Friday, including one Syrian intelligence officer, over the Tripoli bombings that killed nearly 50 people last week.
Russia's top foreign policy adviser said Friday that the UK parliament's rejection of military action in Syria reflects the danger of foreign intervention.
French President François Hollande said Friday that France had not changed its position on a possible military intervention in Syria, following a UK parliament vote to abstain from possible action.
Israel has deployed its missile defense system over Tel Aviv, with Israeli forces engaging in military drills, following fears the country could be attacked if the West launches a military intervention in Syria.
Syria's opposition claimed Friday that the government has moved offices to schools and universities, fearing attacks on Damascus by the West, and that a large number of military defections have taken place very recently.
Iran has warned against U.S. military intervention in Syria, saying any such action would be met with attacks on Israel.