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Syria conflict

Defeat for Cameron over Syria spells humiliation and isolation

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.

Saturday, 31 August, 2013, 11:02am 2 comments

France backs US on Syria action despite British refusal

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

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

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

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

"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

Drumbeat on Syria echoes calls for war on Iraq in 2003

A grim-faced secretary of state reading a bill of charges against a rogue Arab leader. The White House promising intelligence that will provide proof about weapons of mass destruction. Frenetic efforts to piece together a coalition of the willing. Breathless news reports about imminent bombing raids.

30 Aug 2013 - 4:12am

British ‘no’ to air strikes hits Obama’s plans for coalition against Syria

British lawmakers have rejected their government’s call for military strikes against the Syrian regime, leaving the US to look elsewhere for international partners while reserving the right to  act alone against Damascus.

30 Aug 2013 - 9:10pm 5 comments

Chinese civilians flee Syria as Beijing calls for restraint

With US warships poised to punish Syria for allegedly using chemical weapons, the few Chinese civilians and company employees still in the country are fleeing and China's foreign minister and state media have warned against the use of force and called for a political solution.

30 Aug 2013 - 8:14am 17 comments

Weapons depot blast kills 40 in Homs after rebel rocket attack

A video grab shows a fireball from an explosion at a weapons depot set off by rocket attacks that struck government-held districts in the central Syrian city of Homs. Ugarit News posted the video, which has authenticated based on its contents and Associated Press reports.

3 Aug 2013 - 3:42am

US says fighter jets, missiles will stay in Jordan after joint exercises

The Pentagon confirmed on Saturday that F-16 fighter jets and Patriot missile interceptors will remain in Jordan after the end of a joint military exercise this month.

16 Jun 2013 - 12:48pm