LONDON (Reuters) – Video footage of a barrel bomb being dropped by Syrian government forces shows President Bashar al-Assad’s denial that they are being used is a lie, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Wednesday.
Syria’s government is now regularly using poisonous chlorine gas, a weapon that was first deployed in war a century ago that causes it victims to feel as if they were drowning on dry land, against its people.
Rick Perry, the former Republican governor of Texas and a potential presidential candidate, assailed the Obama administration for failing to achieve the full dismantlement of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal after traces of toxic agents were recently found at a military facility in the country.
The Syrian government is accused of launching nearly 40 chemical weapons attacks since President Bashar al-Assad agreed to relinquish his chemical arsenal in 2013, raising questions about the international community’s ability to halt the lethal use of such arms.
ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military has started training Syrian fighters to combat Islamic State militants, officials said on Thursday, adding the program had begun in Jordan and would soon launch in Turkey.
BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday that troops would head to an insurgent-held town to help besieged soldiers holed up on its outskirts and said army setbacks were part of normal warfare.
BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations has adopted a cautious approach to the Syria talks it launched this week, avoiding raising expectations that this latest initiative can end a four-year-old conflict which has so far defied all diplomatic efforts to resolve it.