Tag: Syria

(VIDEO) Kerry: Syrian Videos Make Case for Strike

(VIDEO) Kerry: Syrian Videos Make Case for Strike The Obama administration is distributing videos showing a chemical weapons attack in Syria to help convince Americans and Congress that a military intervention against the Syrian government is necessary, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

InfoGraphic: Sarin Chemical Warfare Nerve Agent

Relatively quick full page infographic on Sarin. The graphic may be a little weak in concept, but the information held within is excellent and scary as hell. Invisible, odorless and colourless – Sarin in vapour form can kill you dead within a single minute of exposure. While you are still wondering why your head hurts…

VIDEO – Syrian Rebels Use Brutal Tactics – WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

As the U.S. debates whether to intervene on behalf of the rebels fighting against Bashar al-Assad in Syria, evidence continues to mount that the resistance has adopted many of Assad’s brutal tactics. A new video leaked by a disaffected rebel shows his comrades performing a ritual execution of captured Syrian soldiers, teasing them before killing…

Putin Calls Kerry A Liar On Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al Qaeda was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country’s civil war. Speaking to his human rights council, Putin recalled watching a congressional debate where Kerry was asked about al Qaeda. Putin said he…

Vladimir Putin ‘Doesn’t Exclude’ Backing Military Force On Syria If Evidence Proves ‘Beyond Doubt’

Vladimir Putin ‘doesn’t exclude’ backing military force on Syria if evidence proves ‘beyond doubt’ Assad used chemical weapons Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has said he would not rule out endorsing military action in Syria if it could be proven that Bashar al-Assad’s regime had used chemical weapons against its citizens. Though he “doesn’t exclude” the…

Hillary Clinton Supports President On Syria

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supports President Barack Obama’s planned “strong and targeted” response to reported chemical weapons use by Syrian president Bashar Assad, an aide tells NBC News. “Secretary Clinton supports the president’s effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime’s horrific use of chemical…

Senate panel says first vote on Syria resolution likely on Wednesday

Congressional aides say the top lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have reached agreement on a resolution on using military force against Syria. The aides said the panel planned to consider and vote on the measure Wednesday. The resolution would limit the duration of any U.S. military action in response to the Syrian government’s…

VIDEO – House Speaker Backs Obama’s Call for Strike Against Syria

Speaker John A. Boehner said on Tuesday he would “support the president’s call to action” in Syria after meeting with President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., giving the president a crucial ally in the quest for votes in the House. Mr. Obama summoned Mr. Boehner and other Republican and Democratic leaders to…

Reports Of Another Chemical Attack In Syria

Arab media reported Wednesday that another chemical attack struck Syrian territory, injuring several people in the Jobar neighborhood in eastern Damascus. According to Al Jazeera, the number of injured was 20, whereas Al-Arabiya reported of nine. Meanwhile, in Israel the governmental security cabinet convened to discuss probable military strike on Syria. read more at cnn…

Oui Oui!! France Backs US On Military Action in Syria

Oui Oui! French President Francois Hollande says a vote by UK MPs vote blocking involvement in military action against Syria has not changed France’s resolve. Francois Hollande said all options were being considered, and that a strike within days was not ruled out. His comments came after US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Washington would…

NBC Poll: Americans Skeptical Of U.S. Intervention In Syria

Fifty percent of Americans say they oppose the United States taking military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and nearly eight-in-10 believe President Barack Obama should receive congressional approval before using any force, according to a new NBC News poll. Yet the public is more supportive of military action against the Syrian regime when the…

Spies Intercepted Syrian Calls

So this is why everyone is so certain the Syrian government used chemical weapons last week. U.S. spies intercepted “panicked” phone calls between the Syrian Ministry of Defense and a leader of the chemical weapons unit in the hours after the deadly attack that left hundreds dead, Foreign Policy reported on Tuesday. American intelligence analysts…

Team Obama Reaches Out To Key Allies As US Mulls Syria Strike

President Barack Obama and his cabinet colleagues on Tuesday reached out to key allies of the US before a possible military strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Obama called Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss concerns about the reported use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime against civilians near Damascus…

Obama, Cameron ‘No Doubt’ Syria Used Chemical Weapons

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said Wednesday that he and President Obama had no doubt the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons. “Both leaders agreed that all the information available confirmed a chemical weapons attack had taken place, noting that even the Iranian President and Syrian regime had conceded this,” a Downing Street spokesperson…

Attack Shuts Down New York Times’ Site

The New York Times’ website has experienced widespread outages as the apparent result of a malicious attack. Reports of the site being down appeared on Twitter as early as 3 p.m. ET, with the site not accessible to many desktop users almost three hours later. Some reports indicate difficulty in accessing the Times’ mobile site…

Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad Joins Instagram

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has created an account with photo sharing social media tool Instagram, in an attempt to show his more likeable side. Having realised the value of being loved by your public, the Syrian president, who is accused of waging chemical warfare against his own people, has uploaded photos in which he can…

Bill Clinton Breaks With Obama On Syria

Bill Clinton said Tuesday that President Barack Obama should do more to aid rebels in the Syrian civil war and that he risks looking like “a total fool” if he allows public opinion polls to govern U.S. policy on that front, according to audio obtained by Politico. The former president made his remarks to Sen.…

Russian Arms ‘To Deter Foreign Intervention In Syria’

Russia says it will go ahead with deliveries of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, and that the arms will help deter foreign intervention. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the missiles were a “stabilising factor” that could dissuade “some hotheads” from entering the conflict. Russia also criticised a decision by the EU not to renew…

Live: Ban Ki-Moon On Chemical Weapons In Syria

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is giving an update on an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria. He is joined by the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ahmet Üzümcü, at the Hague in the Netherlands. It comes almost a month after an alleged chemical attack near…

Syria Accuses Rebels Of Using ‘Chemical Weapons’

Syria’s government has accused rebel forces of using chemical weapons, with state media saying ‘terrorists’ had fired ‘rockets containing chemical materials’ in Aleppo province, killing 15 people. ‘Terrorists fired rockets containing chemical materials on Khan al-Assal in Aleppo province, and preliminary information suggests 15 people were killed, mostly civilians,’ the state news agency SANA and…