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IAEA is looking into Russian warning on Syria nuclear site

IAEA is looking into Russian warning on Syria nuclear site

Moscow calls on UN nuclear watchdog to assess risk of hit to Syrian research reactor that contains radioactive uranium. VIENNA – The UN nuclear watchdog has received a request from Russia to assess the impact if a missile were to hit a small Syrian reactor and is considering the issue, the Vienna-based agency said on Friday. Russia said this week… Read more →

China's Xi tells Obama Syria crisis can't be resolved with military strike

China’s Xi tells Obama Syria crisis can’t be resolved with military strike

(Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping told his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama on Friday that the crisis in Syria should not be resolved through a military strike and urged him to consider a political solution, state news agency Xinhua said. Xi’s are the highest-level comments from China since an August 21 chemical weapons attack inSyria. They follow remarks by a foreign ministry spokesman, who… Read more →

Putin Ready To Aid Syria Regime Over US Strike

Putin Ready To Aid Syria Regime Over US Strike

PUTIN GREETS OBAMA WITH SYRIA THREAT – President Obama arrived in Russia today to find the already failing relations with his host in even worse condition. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threat to provide his Syrian allies with a missile shield in the event of U.S. air strikes further complicates Obama’s flagging effort to win international support for an attack on Damascus. As the… Read more →

The United States of Mercenaries: Arab countries offering to bear costs

Secretary of State John Kerry said at Wednesday’s hearing that Arab counties have offered to pay for the entirety of unseating President Bashar al-Assad if the United States took the lead militarily.

“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes,” Kerry said. “They have. That offer is on the table.”

 

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Former CIA director Michael Hayden and former Commander in Chief of CENTCOM Anthony Zinni discuss Syria options.

Russia Boosts Mediterranean Flotilla as U.S. Weighs Syria Strike

Russia is sending three more ships to the east Mediterranean to bolster its fleet there as a U.S. Senate panel will consider President Barack Obama’s request for authority to conduct a military strike on Syria.

Russia is sending two destroyers, including the Nastoichivy, the flagship of the Baltic Fleet, and the Moskva missile cruiser to the region, Interfax reported today, citing an unidentified Navy official. That follows last week’s dispatch of a reconnaissance ship to the eastern Mediterranean, four days after the deployment of an anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser to the area, which were reported by Interfax.

The buildup is raising the stakes as the U.S. prepares for possible action against Syria, sending warships and submarines to the east Mediterranean armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote today on a resolution that supports the use of force by the U.S. military.

“Russia is sending a strong signal that the conflict surrounding Syria touches on its interests, to ensure that international law is upheld and there is no bypassing the UN Security Council,” Ivan Safranchuk, deputy director of the Foreign Ministry’s Institute of Contemporary International Studies in Moscow, said by phone.

 

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West struggles to cope with online recruitment for Syria jihad

West struggles to cope with online recruitment for Syria jihad

(Reuters) – “I am French,” explains the young man in the YouTubevideo carrying a Kalashnikov and wearing a kufiya cotton headdress as he sits in front of a waving black-and-white flag of al Qaeda. “Oh my Muslim brothers in France, Europe and in the whole world, Jihad in Syria is obligatory,” says the fair-skinned youth with sandy hair, wispy beard and southern French accent,… Read more →

Unannounced Israel-U.S. missile test fuels jitters over Syria

Unannounced Israel-U.S. missile test fuels jitters over Syria

JERUSALEM/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Israel tested a U.S.-backed missile system in the Mediterranean on Tuesday but did not announce the launch in advance, prompting a disclosure by Russia that kept the world on edge as the United States weighed an attack on Syria. The morning launch was first reported by Moscow media that quoted Russian defense officials as saying two ballistic… Read more →