Syrian Civil War

World watchdog scrutinises Syria chemical arms data

The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it had received a complete inventory from Syria and was scrutinising the data. Photo: AP

The world’s chemical weapons watchdog poured over an inventory of Syria’s arsenal on the weekend ahead of an expected UN vote on how to secure and neutralise the lethal arms.

Sunday, 22 September, 2013, 5:06pm

Israel calls up reserve troops as crowds queue for gas masks

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man gets gas masks. Photo: Reuters

Israel ordered a special call-up of reserve troops yesterday as nervous citizens lined up at gas-mask distribution centres, preparing for possible hostilities with Syria.

29 Aug 2013 - 1:53am

British security council unanimously backs action on Syria

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague arrives for a National Security Council meeting at Downing Street in London. Photo: EPA

Britain’s National Security Council unanimously backed action against Syria in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday, a day after he set out the case for a targeted military strike.

29 Aug 2013 - 12:38am 1 comment

Veneer of normality as Damascus spared worst of the war

Syrians relax in the sunshine at a pool in the capital. Photo: AP

Even in the capital of a country torn apart by civil war and facing the imminent prospect of US strikes, Syrians have to find some way to enjoy themselves on a hot summer weekend.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:40am

New York Times site victim of Syrian hackers

MelbourneIT offices in Sydney. The ISP said the site was hacked by supporters of the Syrian regime. Photo: Reuters

Media companies including The New York Times, Twitter and The Huffington Post lost control of some of their websites on Tuesday after hackers supporting the Syrian government breached the Australian internet company that manages their addresses.

29 Aug 2013 - 7:54am

US ‘to hit Syria with cruise missiles’

USS Barry launching a Tomahawk cruise missile in the Mediterranean. Photo: Reuters

Tomahawk cruise missiles are likely to be launched at night against hundreds of Syrian targets, including some of President Bashar al-Assad's elite military units, if the US and allies launch a military strike in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons.

29 Aug 2013 - 11:15am 11 comments

West seeks global backing for strike on Syria

UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond (right) and General Nick Houghton after a National Security Council meeting in London. Photo: AP

The US and its allies are looking beyond the divided UN Security Council to legitimise military action against Syria, trying to build a cohesive rationale for a strike and win broad international backing.

29 Aug 2013 - 2:38am

US forces preparing to strike Syria and punish government

Members of the local Syrian community rally against the United States involvement in Syria. Photo: AP

US forces are readying to strike Syria, though the West insists its goal is not regime change but to punish President Bashar al-Assad’s government for unleashing chemical warfare on civilians.

28 Aug 2013 - 9:33pm

Britain drafts military plans for Syria, recalls parliament

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague leaves Downing Street. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister David Cameron recalled parliament to debate Britain’s response to a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, after his spokesman said plans were being drawn up for possible military action.

28 Aug 2013 - 1:35am

Obama weighs impact of air attack on Syria

Sea-launched cruise missiles or long-range bombers would likely be used in any assault on Syria. Photo: AFP

Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, sources who attended the meeting said yesterday.

28 Aug 2013 - 2:02am

US ready to launch Syria strike ‘within days’

US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel speaks with French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian from his plane on  how to respond to the chemical attacks in Syria. Photo: AFP

US allies were drafting plans for air strikes and other military action against Syria on Tuesday, as President Bashar al-Assad’s enemies vowed to punish a poison gas attack that Washington called a “moral obscenity”.

28 Aug 2013 - 3:31am

Evidence of deadly Syria chemical attack ‘undeniable’, says US

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that the evidence of a massive deadly chemical attack last week was “undeniable” and accused the Syrian government of trying to cover it up, signaling the United States was edging closer to a possible military response.

27 Aug 2013 - 5:38am 3 comments

Clamour for military action against Syria grows

US forces are already reported to be on standby. Photo: Reuters

Barack Obama is unlikely to have much trouble forming a Nato coalition if Washington decides on military intervention in Syria after the alleged chemical weapons atrocities by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

27 Aug 2013 - 3:17am 1 comment

UN inspectors reach Syria gas victims, despite coming under fire

UN chemical weapons experts visit people affected by an apparent gas attack, at a hospital in the Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya. Photo: Reuters

UN chemical weapons experts interviewed and took blood samples on Monday from victims of last week’s apparent poison gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of Syria’s capital, after the inspectors themselves survived sniper fire that hit their convoy.

27 Aug 2013 - 4:00am

Obama cautions against US action over Syria gas attack

President Obama adopts a cautious approach on Syria. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama called the apparent gassing of hundreds of Syrian civilians a "big event of grave concern" but stressed yesterday he was in no rush to embroil Americans in a costly new war.

24 Aug 2013 - 3:10am