barack obama says the united states is investigating whether chemical weapons have been used in syria - and has warned that the regime will be held responsible if they have.
us secretary of state john kerry had rare words of praise for syria after un personnel began overseeing the destruction of the regime's chemical gas arsenal on october 6.
two separate reports, one french and the other israeli, are claiming that jordanian, israeli and american commandos are leading hundreds of syrian rebels they have trained in a push on damascus.
the us defence secretary chuck hagel has said it is likely that chemical weapons have been used by the syrian government on a small ...
the united states has told syria to take immediate action to comply with a un resolution to remove its chemical weapons materials. the toxic arsenal is due to be destroyed under an international deal.
the syrian government has finally given the go-ahead to a visit by a united nations team of experts who will investigate claims of chemical weapons use.
nato chief anders fogh rasmussen has warned syria not to use its stockpile of chemical weapons.
the united nations is now saying it has no conclusive evidence of chemical weapons use in syria. the statement marks an about-turn from statements made by investigator carla del ponte at the weekend when she suggested that rebels had been using the banned nerve agent sarin
as the un geared up its chemical weapons inspections team in damascus's four seasons hotel, syria's foreign minister hit out at those who accuse his government of gassing its own people.
syria has destroyed or disabled all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities according to the international watchdog. damascus had until friday to do so, having agreed to eliminate its entire chemical stockpile in a russian-us brokered deal. washington had earlier threatened to use force after hundreds were killed in a sarin attack in august.
the nato secretary-general, anders fogh rasmussen, says that information points to president assad's forces being responsible for the use of chemical weapons in syria.
french experts are examining what it is claimed are traces of chemical weapons used in syria.
united nations inspectors have returned to syria to continue investigating allegations that chemical weapons have been used in the civil war. last week they confirmed that the nerve gas sarin was used in an attack in august on a damascus suburb which killed hundreds of people. the inspectors plan to visit three other sites where chemical weapons are said to have been used. their report based on their inspections after last month's attack led some western countries to blame the syrian government. damascus denied the accusation and gave russia evidence it said proved the rebels were behind the attack.
clashes are continuing across syria as the saturday deadline for the government of president bashar al-assad to provide a list of its chemical weapons facilities fast approaches.
the french prime minister has been showing leaders of parliament evidence which he says proves president assad's forces used chemical warfare.