Russia warned Western powers on Monday against any military intervention in Syria, saying the use of force without a United Nations mandate would violate international law. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference that while the use of chemical weapons in Syria must be investigated, Western powers were jumping to accuse President Bashar Assad’s […]
Britain is planning to join forces with America and launch military action against Syria within days in response to the gas attack believed to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against his own people. Royal Navy vessels are being readied to take part in a possible series of cruise missile strikes, alongside […]
Weapons inspectors investigating an alleged chemical attack in Damascus have been shot at by snipers, a UN spokesman has said. The team’s lead vehicle was “deliberately shot at multiple times” as they visited a suburb of the city where hundreds of people were allegedly killed. None of the inspectors, who were dressed in body armour, […]
Russia said on Sunday that assigning blame too soon over the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria would be a “tragic mistake”, before a U.N. investigation on Monday. Without directly naming the United States but in comments that warned against any military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, Moscow urged against “hurried conclusions” over […]
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says Damascus will provide the UN team with access to the site of the recent alleged chemical attack in the country. In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Saturday, al-Muallem added that his respective country has cooperated with the UN team of chemical experts present […]
President Barack Obama called the apparent gassing of hundreds of Syrian civilians a “big event of grave concern” but stressed on Friday he was in no rush to embroil Americans in a costly new war. As opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad braved the frontlines around Damascus to smuggle out tissue samples from victims of […]
The US says the alleged chemical attack in Syria would be ‘outrageous and flagrant escalation’ by Assad, if the reports are confirmed. With still no evidence of the government’s involvement in the attack, or any confirmation about the number of victims, the pressure on the Syrian government is growing.
United Nations chemical weapons experts will arrive in the Syrian capital on Monday to begin a two-week investigation into alleged chemical strikes at three locations in the war-torn country, a long-awaited breakthrough that ends months of negotiations between the U.N. and Syria’s government. An alleged chemical attack in the village of Khan al-Assal, near the […]