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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

30th Aug 2013

France: UNESCO calls to safeguard the cultural heritage in Syria

[Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova (2nd R) attends a news conference at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris (Xinhua/Chen Xiaowei)]   PARIS, (Xinhua): Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova on Thursday urged all parties involved in the conflict in … Continued

30th Aug 2013

British parliament votes against authorising military action in Syria

British parliamentarians have voted against authorizing military action against Syria. Prime Minister David Cameron had proposed the motion in response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians. The prime minister’s motion was narrowly rejected by 13 … Continued

30th Aug 2013

Syria attack: Where does Hizbullah stand?

  The Resistance, for its part, has so far chosen to hold its cards close, remaining quiet about its options. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)   By Ibrahim al-Amin It’s kind of the Americans and Europeans to ask the people they’re … Continued

30th Aug 2013

Syria: US could forego UN for Syria strike as Russia, Britain bolster army presence

Russia will send two ships to the east Mediterranean to strengthen its naval presence because of the “well-known situation” in Syria, Interfax news agency said on Thursday, as the United States stopped seeking a United Nations mandate for its planned … Continued

29th Aug 2013

UK’s Syria stance reminiscent of Iraq invasion

The UN Security Council has failed to agree on a British draft resolution authorizing military force in Syria, which Russia called premature. Critics in the UK warn against a repeat of the unauthorized invasion of Iraq. Russian and Chinese opposition … Continued

29th Aug 2013

Obama lays out case for possible military strike in Syria

US President Barack Obama has laid out justifications for a possible military strike on Syria. He has said that he’s “concluded” the Syrian regime was behind a deadly chemical weapons attack. Obama explained Wednesday how he would use a limited … Continued

29th Aug 2013

UN Security Council begins talks as US allies gear up for military strike in Syria

Envoys from Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States started talks Wednesday on a British drafted UN Security Council resolution that could allow military action against President Bashar al-Assad, diplomats said. Britain wants the resolution to allow “all necessary … Continued

29th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Attack on Syria: Lebanon is officially in a Coma

By Hiyam Kossayfi The whole world is busy with the attack on Syria, but Lebanese officials seem to be on another planet. Finally, they’ve woken from their stupor. However, mitigating its repercussions on Lebanon is not on the agenda. The … Continued

Iraq: Scores killed, mostly Shi’a Muslims, in series of attacks in Baghdad
29th Aug 2013

Iraq: Scores killed, mostly Shi’a Muslims, in series of attacks in Baghdad

At least 71 people were killed and 201wounded in a series of bombings and attacks across Baghdad on Wednesday, police and medical sources said, extending the worst wave of violence in Iraq in at least five years. In one of … Continued

28th Aug 2013

Arab League seek decisive world stand on Syria

Jeddah, (Arab News): Saudi Arabia on Tuesday urged the international community to take a “decisive and serious” stand against the regime of Bashar Assad for massacring Syrian people using chemical and other destructive weapons. “The rejection of the Syrian regime … Continued

28th Aug 2013

Iran has ‘Plan B’ for post-Assad Syria

A US military strike in Syria will have repercussions across the region, and will certainly raise hackles in Iran. But ultimately, say analysts, Tehran will call the West’s bluff, as it always does. After last week’s horrific chemical attack on … Continued

28th Aug 2013

Syria: Western nations ready for military intervention in Syria

Western nations are prepping for possible military intervention after claiming the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on civilians. With opposition in the UN, a strike would likely not have international approval. US Secretary of State Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that … Continued

27th Aug 2013

US, Germany hit out at chemical weapons use in Syria

  US Secretary of State John Kerry has called the use of chemical weapons in Syria a “moral obscenity.” Germany has said that, if proven, the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons “cannot be without consequence.” Kerry on Monday described … Continued

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