Syria conflict

Graphic videos of Syria victims surface as White House presses case for strike

Graphic videos of Syria victims surface as White House presses case for strike

The Obama administration has shown graphic videos of Syrians in the aftermath of a chemical attack to a select group of senators in closed-door briefings to make the case that a limited military attack on the country is justified.

Sunday, 8 September, 2013, 8:52pm

Putin ‘does not rule out’ approving Syria strike with evidence Assad used poison gas

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an interview at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow. Photo: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia did not rule out approving a military operation in Syria if clear evidence showed Damascus had carried out chemical weapons attacks, but said any attack would be illegal without UN support.

4 Sep 2013 - 8:15pm

Obama wins backing for Syria strike from congressional leaders

US President Barack Obama heads to Sweden and the G20 summit in Russia after securing the support of key congressional figures on Tuesday for strikes against Syria. Photo: Reuters

President Barack Obama won the backing of key figures in the US Congress, including Republicans, in his call for limited US strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.

4 Sep 2013 - 3:40pm

Unannounced Israel-US missile test fuels jitters over Syria

Israel tested a new version of its Arrow anti-missile-missile interceptor system yesterday but did not announce the launch in advance. Photo: EPA

Israel tested a US-backed missile system in the Mediterranean yesterday but did not announce the launch in advance, prompting a disclosure by Russia that kept the world on edge as the United States weighed an attack on Syria.

4 Sep 2013 - 2:19am 2 comments

China ‘gravely concerned’ about military attack on Syria

China's Ambassador to the United Nations Liu Jieyi arrives for a meeting of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council in New York, on Friday. Photo: Reuters

Beijing was “gravely concerned” about the prospect of “unilateral military actions” against Syria, it said on Monday, adding no measures should be taken until it was clear who, if anyone, had used chemical weapons in the country.

China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has consistently called for a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

2 Sep 2013 - 6:32pm

Obama back-tracks with decision to seek congressional support for Syria strike

US President Barack Obama discusses Syria with senior staff in the White House Situation Room after his decision to pull back. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama's aides were stunned at what their boss had to say when he summoned them to the Oval Office at 7pm Friday, on the eve of what they believed could be a weekend when American missiles streaked again across the Middle East.

2 Sep 2013 - 6:17am 18 comments

UN rejects suggestion it’s pulling out of Syria to allow strikes

Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General, speaks during a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York, on Aug. 31, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

The United Nations on Saturday vehemently rejected suggestions that it was somehow stepping aside to allow US air strikes on Syria over an alleged chemical attack, saying its humanitarian work in the conflict-ravaged nation would continue.

1 Sep 2013 - 8:25am

Critics doubt effectiveness of US strike on Syria

US President Barack Obama answers questions about the situation in Syria to the press on Friday. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama says he is considering a "limited, narrow" military strike against Syria, a move that many Middle East experts fear could make things even worse.

1 Sep 2013 - 8:02am 2 comments

Syria chemical weapons attack killed 1,429, says Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks about the crisis in Syria in Washington. Photo: AFP

The Obama administration made a forceful case for limited US military action against Syria on Saturday, releasing evidence the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against civilians multiple times in the past year and saying the “indiscriminate, inconceivable horror” could not go unpunished.

31 Aug 2013 - 5:47am 9 comments

France backs US on Syria action despite British refusal

French President Francois Hollande and head of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad al-Jarba, meet at the Elysee Palace. Photo: AP

President Francois Hollande said a British parliamentary vote against taking military action in Syria would not affect France’s will to act to punish Bashar al-Assad’s government, which it blamed for a chemical attack on civilians.

30 Aug 2013 - 11:37pm 1 comment

Evidence tying Assad to chemical attack ‘not a slam dunk’

UN inspectors on the way to probe the attack. Photo: AFP

The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack last week that killed at least 100 people is no sure thing.

31 Aug 2013 - 2:55am 1 comment

Defeat for Cameron over Syria spells humiliation and isolation

David Cameron goes on the attack in Parliament during the debate on Syria - but the result of the vote was a hammer blow for the British prime minister.Photo: Reuters

British Prime Minister David Cameron's failure to secure backing for action against Damascus is not just a personal blow - it widens the gap between Britain and its allies.

31 Aug 2013 - 11:02am 2 comments

Hundreds protest over Syrian conflict in New York’s Times Square

Syrian-Americans against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government shout slogans in an anti-war rally through Times Square, New York. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of people protested at New York’s Times Square on Thursday over possible US plans to strike Syria’s regime which it believes to be behind a deadly chemical attack.

Supporters of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad, backers of the opposition who want a US intervention, and Americans who say they can’t stomach another war all took to the iconic Manhattan Square.

30 Aug 2013 - 10:23am

Kamikaze pilots an option, says Syrian army officer

A Syrian Air Force fighter plane fires a rocket during an air strike in the village of Tel Rafat, north of Aleppo. Photo: Reuters

The Syrian air force is considering using kamikaze pilots against attacks by Western forces, a Syrian army officer operating air defences near Damascus has claimed.

30 Aug 2013 - 3:12am 1 comment

Russia sends warships to eastern Mediterranean

 Russian missile cruiser Moskva moored in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol. Photo: Reuters

"The well-known situation shaping up in the eastern Mediterranean called for certain corrections to the make-up of the naval forces," a source in the Russian general staff told Interfax.

30 Aug 2013 - 4:03am