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  • Sep 17, 2014
  • Updated: 2:50am


Obama does ‘not foresee’ US troops in Syria

President Barack Obama came close to ruling out deploying US troops to Syria, saying he did not foresee a scenario in which that would be beneficial to the United States or Syria.

Saturday, 4 May, 2013, 6:24pm

US says Syria likely used chemical weapons

The United States said on Thursday for the first time that Syria had likely used chemical weapons against rebel forces, but emphasised spy agencies were still not 100 per cent sure of the assessment.

26 Apr 2013 - 11:28pm

No news on kidnapped Syria bishops

Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox archdiocese said on Wednesday it had no news on two Orthodox bishops kidnapped in Syria, a day after a Christian association said the two men had been released.

24 Apr 2013 - 6:38pm

Syria main talking point at Kerry’s first Nato meeting

US Secretary of State John Kerry attends his first Nato foreign ministers meeting on Tuesday, with Syria the main talking point as opposition fighters there come under intense pressure.

23 Apr 2013 - 2:50pm

Syrian rebels demand more support from Western backers

At a weekend meeting intended to smooth differences between the rebels and their backers, the Syrian National Coalition criticised its Western and Middle Eastern backers for failing to stop attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's forces that it said were imperiling thousands. The group said the backers were capable of detecting planned attacks and halting them before they occurred.

22 Apr 2013 - 5:06am

Israeli PM doesn’t rule out helping Syrian rebels

 Israel’s prime minister declined to rule out the possibility of providing arms to Syrian rebel groups, saying in a television interview broadcast on Thursday that the decision of whether to intervene in the neighbouring civil war is a “complicated question.”

19 Apr 2013 - 3:57pm

UN says Syria conflict a humanitarian catastrophe

Syrian families have been burned in their homes, people bombed waiting for bread, children tortured, raped and murdered and cities reduced to rubble in Syria’s two-year-old war that has sparked a humanitarian catastrophe, the United Nations said on Thursday.

19 Apr 2013 - 9:29am

West has ‘hard evidence’ of Syria chemical weapons, says envoy

Western nations have “hard evidence” that chemical weapons have been used at least once in the Syrian war but a UN investigation is now unlikely to get into the country, diplomats said on Thursday.

12 Apr 2013 - 6:19pm

Syria air raids on civilians kill thousands, says report

Air strikes have hit bakeries and hospitals among other civilian targets in Syria, a watchdog reported on Thursday, accusing the regime of killing thousands in such raids it said amounted to war crimes.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Kerry meeting with Syrian opposition in London

US Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting with Syrian opposition leaders and Russia’s top diplomat a day after saying the US could soon step up aid to rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad


10 Apr 2013 - 6:37pm