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UN invites US and allies for Syria talks next month

GENEVA: UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has invited the United States and six other countries for talks in Geneva next month, a UN spokeswoman said on Tuesday, as the United Nations continues its push for a new Syrian constitution. He plans to meet senior representatives from the United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Germany, France, and Egypt on September 14, two days after he receives officials from Russia, Turkey, and Iran for previously announced talks. “This is going to be an opportunity to discuss the way…

US says Assad may be preparing chemical attack

WASHINGTON: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing another chemical weapons attack, one that would result in the "mass murder" of civilians, the White House said Monday, warning the regime would pay a "heavy price" if it went ahead with such an assault. The White House said the preparations were similar to those undertaken by the Assad regime ahead of an apparent chemical attack on a rebel-held town in April. Washington launched a retaliatory cruise missile strike days later against a Syrian airbase from…

US launches missile strike on Syria airbase after ‘chemical weapons attack’

WASHINGTON: The Unite States on Thursday night fired more than 50 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase in response to the chemical attacks carried out by Assad’s regime against civilian population resulting in causalities of 70 people earlier this week. About 60 tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from a number of warships stationed in the Mediterranean Sea. According to US newspaper, the missiles struck an airbase called Shayrat in Homs province, which is the site from which the planes that conducted the chemical…

US puts military options back on the table in Syria

WASHINGTON: Obama administration officials have begun considering tougher responses to the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on Aleppo, including military options, as rising tensions with Moscow diminish hopes for diplomatic solutions from the Middle East to Ukraine and cyberspace, US officials said on Wednesday.