U.N. chemical weapons inspectors in Syria are investigating seven cases of alleged chemical or biological weapons use, including three incidents around Damascus after the August 21 attack which almost triggered U.S. air strikes.
Al Qaeda militants in northern Syria captured a town near the Turkish border on Thursday following heavy clashes with Western-backed rebels, prompting the closure of a nearby frontier crossing, activists and Turkish officials said.
A move that can evade severe action on Syria, the US President Barack Obama on Saturday welcomed the agreement between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov wherein both conceded that Syria should hand over the chemical weapons to UNSC.
An international human rights group said that evidence `strongly suggests` Syrian govt forces fired rockets with warheads containing a nerve agent, most likely sarin, into a Damascus suburb in August, killing hundreds of people.
President Barack Obama`s decision to seek a Congressional nod for a military strike on Syria is not an American retreat as being described by the Syrian regime, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.
The Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, would be held responsible for the death of hundreds of people in the chemical attack near Damascus on August 21 even if he did not order it, the United States has said.
Syria blamed rebel forces for the attack on a UN team trying to enter the site of an alleged poison gas strike, state television said, after the United Nations said the inspectors were fired at by unidentified assailants.