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4th Sep 2013

US: Poll shows majority of Americans oppose military strike against Syria

WASHINGTON, (Xinhua): The majority of Americans still oppose launching military strikes against Syria while the Obama administration is trying hard to secure lawmakers’ support, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll released Tuesday. The latest poll found that 59 percent … Continued

4th Sep 2013

Syrian refugees exceed 2 million

UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua): With an estimated 5,000 desperate Syrians fleeing their homes every day, the spiraling violence in the war-torn country has now created more than 2 million refugees, the United Nations refugee agency announced Tuesday, There is no sign … Continued

4th Sep 2013

Syria: Searching for the truth in Syria

The US government, France and the German intelligence service all agree that Syrian President Assad’s troops used chemical weapons. But how can they be so sure? Critics say there’s no definite proof. The pictures show dozens of bodies, children’s among … Continued

4th Sep 2013

US President Obama gains Syria strike support as Senate panel drafts resolution

A US Senate panel has reached a deal on draft authorization for the use of military force in Syria, which is to be voted on Wednesday. President Obama has already won backing for a strike from senior Republicans. Following a … Continued

Iraq: Dozens of Shi’a Muslims killed in wave of Baghdad car bombings
4th Sep 2013

Iraq: Dozens of Shi’a Muslims killed in wave of Baghdad car bombings

Dozens of people have been killed in a wave of bombings across Baghdad. The attacks hit predominantly Shiiite areas of the city, highlighting the sectarian struggle that continues to plague Iraq. At least 60 people were killed during a series … Continued

3rd Sep 2013

France: Syrian Govt ‘used’ chemical weapons

A French intelligence report claims there was “massive use of chemical agents” in an attack in east Damascus last month. The classified information was released on Monday after Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (pictured above on right) presented evidence to prominent … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Iran appoints first female Foreign Ministry spokesperson

Iran’s new Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham (L) receives a decree from Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad during a ceremony to take over her position in Tehran. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)   BEIJING, (Xinhuanet): Iran has appointed its first female Foreign Ministry spokesperson. Marzieh … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Swedish MP’s father arrested in Iraq

The father of a Swedish member of parliament was arrested in Baghdad at the weekend with Swedish foreign ministry officials as yet unable to determine why the man, who is also a politician in Iraq, was detained.<iframe id=”4fb36f8e4417f” name=”4fb36f8e4417f” src=”http://d.thelocal.com/w/1.0/afr?auid=221323&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE” … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Iraq: Three killed, 20 wounded in separate bombings in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Three people were killed and 20 wounded in separate bomb attacks, including a suicide bombing, in Iraq on Sunday, police said. In the north central province of Salahudin, a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car near the … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Afghanistan: Taliban attacks coalition base in bordering area with Pakistan

JALALABAD, (Xinhua): Afghan Taliban insurgent group early Monday morning launched a complex attack on a U.S. forces’ base in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, sources said. “Militants numbered six or seven use suicide jackets, RPG ( rocket propelled grenade) and … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Arab League urges action against Syrian government

Arab League member countries have issued a resolution calling on the international community to take the “necessary measures” against the Syrian government after the alleged use of chemical weapons by regime troops. Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on Sunday, … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Syria’s opposition “disappointed” over delay in US attack

Syria’s main opposition bloc said Sunday it was disappointed with US President Barack Obama’s decision to seek approval from Congress to launch strike against the Syrian government, but said it believed lawmakers would vote in favor of an attack. “We … Continued

1st Sep 2013

France set to become main US ally in Syria

French President Francois Hollande has made clear his wish to take military action alongside the US against the Syrian regime, making Paris Washington’s main ally in the Syria crisis after Britain backed out of any strikes. French President Francois Hollande … Continued

Iraq: 17 killed, 25 wounded in attacks in Iraq
1st Sep 2013

Iraq: 17 killed, 25 wounded in attacks in Iraq

  BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): At least 17 people were killed and 25 others wounded in separate attacks in Iraq on Saturday, said the police. Five Iraqi policemen were killed when a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up at … Continued

1st Sep 2013

Yemeni PM escapes assassination attempt

SANA’A, (Xinhua): Yemeni Prime Minister Mohamed Basindwa escaped an assassination attempt unharmed near his home in the capital of Sanaa on Saturday, his media adviser told Xinhua. “Unidentified gunman went out from a car and opened fire at the prime … Continued

1st Sep 2013

US: Obama calls for “limited” action as polls show low support for Syria strike

President Barack Obama said the United States was weighing “limited, narrow” action against Syria, as the US and France lead efforts for a military strike in the war-torn country despite polls showing public disapproval. Obama emphasized he had made no … Continued

31st Aug 2013

Turkey banks on Washington’s support for an invasion, despite a ‘no-war’ vote by the UK Parliament

Ankara, (Hurriyet Daily News):  Turkey has been chastened by the U.K.’s decision not to participate in military action against Syria over alleged chemical weapons use, but is still hoping to proceed with an intervention together with U.S. support. “The Americans, … Continued

31st Aug 2013

Can Syria intervention be legally justified?

US President Barack Obama said he was considering a “limited” intervention in Syria. The legal legitimacy of the move, however, is difficult as most nations reject unilateral intervention. Despite a decision by the British Parliament not to authorize military force … Continued

31st Aug 2013

Syria: UN inspectors depart Syria as Obama mulls ‘limited, narrow’ military intervention

A team of UN inspectors investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria has left the country. This comes after US President Barack Obama said Washington was considering a “limited” military mission there. The 13 UN inspectors reportedly left … Continued

31st Aug 2013

US and France press on with Syria strike plans as NATO opts out

The suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria demands an international response but NATO will not take part, alliance head Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Danish media on Friday. “I see no NATO role in an international reaction to the (Syrian) … Continued

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