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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

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” … 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

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

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013

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