Military Strike

  • Obama, Iran's Rouhani hold historic phone call to end deadlock over Tehran's nuclear program September 28, 2013

    President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke by telephone on Friday, the highestlevel contact between the two countries in three decades and a sign that they are serious about reaching a pact on Tehran's nuclear programme. The call is the culmination of a dramatic shift in tone between...
  • UNSC adopts resolution on Syria, demands elimination of chemical arms September 28, 2013

    The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Friday that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons but does not threaten automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar alAssad's government if it does not comply. The unanimous vote by the 15member Security Council ended weeks of intense diplomacy between Russia and...
  • Obama says Syria deal must be 'verifiable and enforceable' September 14, 2013

    President Barack Obama said on Friday he hopes talks on a plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons are successful, but said he will insist any deal is "verifiable and enforceable." Obama made his comments after meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber...
  • Syria will give up control of chemical weapons, says Assad September 13, 2013

    Syrian President Bashar Al Assad said that his government will give up chemical weapons weapons as per the Russian proposal. In an interview to Russian TV, Assad says Syria will initiate the process only if the US stops threatening it. On Thursday US Secretary of State John Kerry had met...
  • Syria ready to abandon chemical weapons 'because of Russia, not US threats' September 13, 2013

    Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said he would only finalise plans to abandon his chemical arsenal when the United States stopped threatening to attack him, in an interview broadcast on Thursday. Syria applied on Thursday to sign up to the global treaty on chemical weapons, a major first step in a Russian-backed...
  • Syria to put weapons under international observation: Assad September 12, 2013

    Damascus: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday he had agreed to put chemical weapons under international observation "upon the request of Russia and not because of the American threats". "Any war against Syria would be destructive to the entire region and would plunge the region in a series of problems and...
  • Putin warns US against unilateral military strike on Syria September 12, 2013

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the US against any unilateral military strike on Syria, saying it would trigger a new wave of terrorism, result in the collapse of the UN and claim more innocent victims as the conflict could spread beyond Syria's borders. Raising his voice against the US military...
  • Full text: Barack Obama's speech on Syria September 11, 2013

    US President Barack Obama addressed his country about the situation in Syria from the East Room at the White House in Washington on Tuesday. Here is the full text of his speech: My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria -- why it matters, and where we go...
  • Syria vows to give up chemical weapons, Obama cautious about deal September 11, 2013

    Syria accepted a Russian proposal on Tuesday to give up chemical weapons but US President Barack Obama said it was too early to tell if the initiative would succeed and he vowed to keep military forces at the ready to strike if diplomacy fails. In a televised address to Americans, Obama...
  • Obama may halt military strike after Syria claims it's ready to dispose chemical weapons September 10, 2013

    In a rapid and remarkable chain of events, Syria welcomed the idea of turning over all of its chemical weapons for destruction on Monday, and President Barack Obama, though expressing deep skepticism, declared it a "potentially a significant breakthrough" that could head off the threats of US air strikes that...
  • Assad warns of retaliation for US strike on Syria September 9, 2013

    Washington: Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned there will be "repercussions" against any US military strike launched in response to a chemical weapons attack in his country. "You should expect everything," Assad said in an interview with CBS taped in Damascus. "Not necessarily from the government. It's not only the government...
  • Enough international support on Syrian military strike: White House September 8, 2013

    Washington: The US has enough international support for a military strike against Syria, a top White House official said on Monday though America lacks firm commitment on military personnel or equipment from any other country for action against the Bashar al-Assad regime. "We do have plenty of friends who are standing...
  • Where G20 members stand on US military action against Syria September 7, 2013

    President Barack Obama had mixed results as he lobbied members of the G20 leading world economies to bolster international support for a military response to the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians. Here is where members of the G20 stand on intervention in Syria: AUSTRALIA Called, in a joint statement...
  • Obama seeks world leaders' support for military strike on Syria September 6, 2013

    President Barack Obama pressed fellow world leaders on Thursday to support a US-led strike on Syria, but he ran into opposition from Russia, China and even the European Union - which condemned the deadly recent chemical weapons attack in Bashar Assad's country but declared it too soon for military action. "The...
  • The Last Word: Are there real grounds for action against Syria? September 5, 2013

    The Western powers are pushing for air strikes in Syria after 1500 people were killed in the chemical attacks in the country in August. The questions are now being raised about the real grounds behind the strikes in Syria....
  • Strikes on Syria will be limited and won't lead to bigger war: France to India September 5, 2013

    France's Ambassador Francois Richier met with Senior MEA officials on Tuesday to convince India of the need to launch punitive strikes on Syria. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN's Suhasini Haidar, he said the strikes will be limited and will not lead to a bigger war. ...
  • US resolution on Syria strike passes first hurdle September 5, 2013

    US President Barack Obama's effort to win legislative backing for military strikes against Syria passed its first hurdle on Wednesday when a Senate committee voted in favour, but the narrow margin of victory showed the depth of US caution. In a possible sign of internal unrest in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's...
  • Obama wins backing for strike on Syria from key figures in US Congress September 4, 2013

    President Barack Obama won the backing of key figures in the US Congress, including Republicans, in his call for limited US strikes on Syria to punish President Bashar al-Assad for his suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians. Leaders of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they reached an agreement...
  • US Speaker backs Obama's call for military strike on Syria September 4, 2013

    The US speaker has backed President Obama's call for military action against the Assad regime. Congressional aides have confirmed that the Syria war resolution drafted by members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee permits up to 60 days of military action against the Bashar al-Assad regime and does not...
  • Military strike on Syria will not lead to war, says French Ambassador September 4, 2013

    New Delhi: The Ambassador of France Francois Richier on Tuesday met the Senior MEA officials to convince India of the need to launch punitive strikes on Syria. Richer in an an interview with CNN-IBN said that the strikes would be limited and would not lead to a bigger war. "We are...
  • Obama set to lobby for support against Syria during the G20 meet September 3, 2013

    America is scrambling for allies in it's anti-Assad campaign after it decided to opt for military intervention as Russia is still unconvinced that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons and the Arab League has ruled out unilateral strikes. US President Barack Obama is planning to lobby for support against Assad...
  • Obama seeks Syria support from former foe McCain September 2, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama is inviting Senator John McCain to the White House, hoping his foe in the 2008 presidential election will help sell the idea of a US military intervention in Syria to a nation deeply scarred by more than a decade of war. Having announced over the weekend that he'll...
  • Syria asks the United Nations to stop US strike, seeks political solution September 2, 2013

    Syria has asked the United Nations to prevent "any aggression" against Syria following a call over the weekend by US President Barack Obama for punitive strikes against the Syrian military for last month's chemical weapons attack. Washington says more than 1,400 people, many of them children, were killed in the world's...
  • Assad same as Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, says John Kerry September 2, 2013

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has now joined the likes of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and Iraq's Saddam Hussein by using chemical weapons against his own people, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. "Bashar al-Assad now joins a list that has Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein as those who...
  • World View: Will America and allies strike Syria? August 31, 2013

    The US and UK on Thursday appeared to have backed down from an immediate punitive military strike against Syria, even as embattled President Bashar al-Assad vowed that his country would emerge "victorious" in any confrontation with America and its allies. ...
  • US not to send troops to Syria, hints at limited military strike August 31, 2013

    US President Barack Obama on Friday said that troops will not be sent to Syria but hinted at a limited military strike after a report indicated that over 1,400 people were killed in the chemical attack by the Syrian government and its President Bashar al-Assad for the deaths, over 400...
  • Britain says no to Syria intervention as US considers military strike August 30, 2013

    Britain will not join any military action against Syria after a stunning parliamentary defeat on Thursday of a government motion on the issue, dealing a setback to US-led efforts to punish Damascus over the use of chemical weapons against civilians. Following a 285-272 vote against a motion by British Prime Minister...
  • Syria will defend itself against any aggression: Assad August 29, 2013

    Cairo: The US and UK on Thursday appeared to have backed down from an immediate punitive military strike against Syria, even as embattled President Bashar al-Assad vowed that his country would emerge "victorious" in any confrontation with America and its allies. A strike by Western forces had appeared imminent but US...
  • Gold at all-time high of Rs 34,500 per 10 grams on weak rupee August 28, 2013

    Gold prices zoomed to a record high of Rs 34,500 per 10 gram with a biggest ever single day surge of Rs 2,500 in opening trade in bullion market on Wednesday amid the rupee hitting historic low of 68.75 a dollar. The current upsurge surpassed its record price of Rs 32,975...
  • US, allies prepare for probable military strike on Syria August 28, 2013

    The United States and its allies geared up on Tuesday for a probable military strike against Syria that could come within days and would be the most aggressive action by Western powers in the Middle Eastern nation's two-and-a-half-year civil war. Western envoys have told the Syrian opposition to expect a military...