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President Hafez al-Asad with his family in the...

President Hafez al-Asad with his family in the early 1970s. From left to right: Bashar, Maher, Mrs Anisa Makhlouf (the then new First Lady of Syria), Majd, Bushra, and Basil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UN chemical arms probe in Syria to start today as US ships sail in Mediterranean

The Syrian regime yesterday gave the green light for U.N. inspectors to carry out an immediate probe into reports of a chemical attack last week

MAIN FOCUS: UN investigates toxic gas attack in Syria | 26/08/2013

UN inspectors begin investigating the alleged poison gas attack near Damascus today, Monday. Meanwhile the media are discussing the possibility of a military strike against Syria. Some commentators call for an intervention, saying that otherwise the US will lose all credibility. Others fear that a Western intervention would ultimately help radical Islamists.

Syria: Bashar al-Assad warns failure awaits US military intervention

President says chemical weapons allegations are politically motivated and all US wars since Vietnam have ended badly

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has dismissed as politically motivated western allegations that he used chemical weapons and warned Washington that any US military intervention would fail, in an interview published in a Russian newspaper on Monday.

Turkey would join coalition against Syria, says foreign minister

Turkey would join any international coalition against Syria even if a wider consensus on action cannot be reached at the U.N. Security Council

Assad says chemical weapons claims ‘insult to common sense’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Western claims his regime used chemical weapons were an “insult to common sense”

Turkey’s P.M.: U.S. has double standards

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 25 (UPI) — Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused America of “double standards” in its response to comments he made accusing Israel of the turmoil in Egypt.

Syrian rebels claim receipt of major weapons shipment

Militia leaders say hundreds of tonnes of ammunition and some light weapons allowed across Turkish border in past three days

Rebel groups in Syria’s north say they have received their largest shipment of weapons yet, in a fillip to an anti-government campaign that had stalled for many months.

Hama province governor assassinated: Syria state TV

The governor of Hama province in central Syria was killed in a car bombing on Aug. 25, state television reported, in an attack it blamed on rebels

‘Very little doubt’ chemical weapons used in Syria: US official

An U.S. official said there was ‘very little doubt’ Syrian forces used chemical weapons on civilians and dismissed an offer by Damascus for a U.N. team to view the attack site

 

In Syria, America Loses if Either Side Wins

nytimes.com ? Edward N. Luttwak ? 8/24/13 ? WASHINGTON ? ON Wednesday, reports surfaced of a mass chemical-weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs that human rights activists claim killed hundreds of civilians, bringing Syria’s continuing civil war back onto the White House’s foreign?

 

Istanbul hosts core group meet on Syria

As part of global diplomatic contacts concerning Syria Istanbul will tomorrow hold a political director-level meeting

 

My trips always met with suspicion: US ambassador to Turkey

U.S. Ambassador to Ankara has suggested that Turkish people ?love? conspiracy theories

 

Damascus gives green light to UN chemical arms probe

Syria gave the green light Sunday to a UN probe into an alleged chemical weapons attack

?Turkey?s partiality? adds to bloodshed in region

The main opposition leader says government?s biased approach in regional foreign policy is one of the main factors

Britain says Syria chemical attack evidence may already be destroyed

Britain said that evidence of a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus could have already been destroyed ahead of a visit to the site by U.N. inspectors

 

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