Turkish Foreign Minister said a poison gas attack in Syria constituted a “crime against humanity”
The US is apparently considering a military strike against Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that poison gas attacks on civilians were “undeniable”, and theWashington Post has reported plans for a limited intervention. Commentators are for the most part sceptical. Pointing to the failed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, they warn that an intervention would block ongoing peace talks.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said Aug. 26 they haven?t agreed yet on the amount of compensation with Israel
The Turkish lira weakened beyond 2 to the dollar this morning
US President Barack Obama is weighing an attack against Syria that would be of limited scope and duration, newspapers reported Tuesday.
#8 Military commanders from the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, France, Italy and Canada are meeting in Amman, Jordan on Sunday to coordinate plans for upcoming attacks on Syria. #9 According to France’s second largest newspaper
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The United States is now actively building the case for military intervention in Syria after having equivocated for days over the al Assad regime’s chemical weapons attack, writes Strafor.
Stratfor is a Texas-based global intelligence company.
?On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry kicked off Washington’s public relations campaign for the intervention by graphically describing videos of children suffering from the attack, appealing to parental sensibilities and invoking a universal “code of morality”. Well aware that so many Americans are opposed to another military engagement in the Middle East, particularly one as complicated as Syria’s, the White House is trying to clear up any ambiguity over the details of the attack and focus on the justification for a military response
The second of a six-part daily series by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of NRC, on the reality for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Reposted from http://marhabablog.nrc.no/.
The Syria refugee crisis is a truly regional emergency. International attention has concentrated on the vast number of refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, but in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), the Government and local communities have been generously assisting thousands of Syrian refugees since the crisis began.
The US put Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on notice yesterday (26 August) that it believes he was responsible for using chemical weapons against civilians last week, in what Secretary of State John Kerry called a “moral obscenity.”
“President [Barack] Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people,” Kerry said in the most forceful US reaction yet to the 21 August attack (see background).
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said the UN mission investigating alleged chemical weapons attacks in Damascus has been delayed until Wednesday
Lebanon?s interior minister said Aug. 27 that security officials had got very close to rescuing the two abducted Turkish pilots
Syria will press on with its military efforts despite any potential foreign strikes on its territory, the foreign minister says
Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) has no plans to send troops into Syria to defend fellow Kurds, a senior Iraqi Kurdish official said
History says don?t do it. Most Americans say don?t do it. But President Obama has to punish Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad?s homicidal regime with a military strike ? and hope that history and the people are wrong. Read full article >>