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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

27th Aug 2013

Syria: UN investigators collect samples from chemical attack site

UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria met and took samples from victims of an apparent poison gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on Monday after the UN team themselves survived a sniper attack that hit a vehicle in … Continued

26th Aug 2013

Iraq: Bombings, shootings kill 45, wound 113 in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 45 people were killed and 113 wounded in separate bombings and shootings across Iraq on Sunday, amid growing tension that threatens to bring the country back to sectarian strife. In the northern province of Nineveh, gunmen … Continued

26th Aug 2013

Syria chemical weapon site inspections deemed too late by US,UK

UN weapons experts have begun heading to the site where hundreds of people were killed by poison gas in Syria last week. But the US and Britain are claiming it is too late. Russia has warned against intervention. A convoy … Continued

25th Aug 2013

Iraq: 10 killed, 30 wounded in attacks in across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Ten people were killed and 30 wounded in separate bombings and shootings across Iraq on Saturday, police said. In Iraq’s eastern province of Diyala, five people were killed and 11 wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a … Continued

25th Aug 2013

US reviews options on Syria after chemical attack leaves 355 dead

The US president has met with security advisers to review options after the deadly chemical attack in Syria. A fourth US warship armed with ballistic missiles has been reportedly sent into the eastern Mediterranean Sea. President Barack Obama has met … Continued

Yemen: Bomb hits military bus causing several casualties in Sana’a
25th Aug 2013

Yemen: Bomb hits military bus causing several casualties in Sana’a

[Security forces collect evidence inside the bus after the bombing attack in Sana'a, killing at least 12 air force cadets aboard (Xinhua/Mohammed Mohammed)]   An explosion on board a bus carrying Yemeni military personnel has caused several casualties, according to … Continued

25th Aug 2013

Syrian army finds chemical agents in rebel hideout: State TV

Syrian state television said government soldiers found chemical agents in rebel tunnels in the Damascus suburb of Jobar on Saturday and some of the troops were suffocating. “Army heroes are entering the tunnels of the terrorists and saw chemical agents,” … Continued

25th Aug 2013

Syria to allow UN access to chemical attack site: Iran

Iran’s foreign minister said the Syrian government had told Tehran it would allow UN inspectors to visit areas reportedly affected by chemical weapons, Iran’s Press TV reported late-Saturday. The Syrian opposition has accused government forces of killing over 1,000 civilians … Continued

24th Aug 2013

Iraq: 43 killed, 86 wounded in attacks in Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 43 people were killed and 86 wounded in attacks, including suicide bombings, across Iraq on Friday, amid growing tension that threatens to bring the country back to sectarian strife. The deadliest attack occurred in the evening in … Continued

24th Aug 2013

Obama asks for ‘options’ on Syria military action, says Hagel

The US defense secretary has strongly hinted the US is preparing its naval forces and assets in case President Obama orders military action against Syria. It follows allegations this week of a chemical weapons attack. Speaking to reporters aboard a … Continued

24th Aug 2013

Lebanon: Saudi Arabia takes off the gloves

By Firas Choufi Al-Akhbar: For the first time, Hezbollah is openly accusing regional intelligence services (read: Saudi Arabia) of being behind the recent terrorist attacks in Beirut and working to keep the Resistance out of any future government. The statement … Continued

Lebanon: Twin bombing kills 27 and wounds 352 in Tripoli
23rd Aug 2013

Lebanon: Twin bombing kills 27 and wounds 352 in Tripoli

  Al-Akhbar: 27 people have been killed and 352 wounded when two bombs exploded within minutes of each other outside separate mosques in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli on Friday, state news and private television networks reported. One of the bombs exploded … Continued

23rd Aug 2013

Iraq: 37 killed, 64 wounded in attacks across Iraq

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Separate attacks across Iraq killed at least 37 people and injured 64 others on Thursday, the country’s police said. Nine people were killed and 27 others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded during a wedding ceremony of a … Continued

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