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Syria conflict

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 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

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 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

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'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 22 comments

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

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 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

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

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

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