» 12/04/2012, 00.00
TURKEY - SYRIA
Turkish missiles and US threats against Syrian chemical weapons
Ankara calls on NATO to deploy Patriot missiles. Obama warns Damascus against "the tragic mistake" of using these weapons. Syria insists it would never use them against its own people. UN and EU reduce staff in Damascus. Israel would like to take out Syria's chemical weapon depots.
As fighting rages in Damascus, concerns grow over Syria's chemical weapons stockpile
Fears are that al-Qaeda might get its hands on the weapons if the regime collapses. Rebels announce attack on state TV headquarters. Reports say Assad and his wife have already left the capital. Today's UN Security Council is not expected to take tangible steps.
26/08/2013 SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS
Syria: as UN begins chemical weapons investigation, international community is still divided
The team of experts arrived today in Ghouta, north of Damascus, to see if neurotoxins were used against civilians. As the United States, France, Britain and Turkey prepare for military action without UN approval, Moscow reminds anti-Assad powers about errors made in Iraq.
26/04/2013 SYRIA - UNITED STATES
US intelligence accuses Damascus of using nerve gas
With Congress divided over chemical weapons assessment in Syria, Republicans want the White House to act, but the latter remains cautious. For Senator McCain however, "It's pretty obvious that red line has been crossed."
23/08/2013 SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS
Ban Ki-moon calls on Assad and the rebels to allow an investigation into the use of chemical weapons
UN secretary general calls on both sides to refrain from obstructing the quest for the truth. Footage showing people suffocated by chemical agents is real, but Syria and Russia accuse the rebels of manipulation. The fog of war makes a peace conference hard to organise.
Chemical weapons inspectors arrive in Syria. Initial signs of dialogue
The experts have nine months to verify and destroy Assad's chemical weapons programme. The UN, the Arab League, Washington and Moscow are preparing a Peace conference. Secret meeting between the Free Syrian Army and the Assad government.
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