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Aug 22, 2013

Clock ticks while experts kept away from Syria gassing site

AMSTERDAM/LONDON (Reuters) – The longer chemical weapons inspectors wait in a Damascus luxury hotel for permission to drive up the road to the site of what appears to be the worst poison gas attack in a quarter century, the less likely they will be able to get to the bottom of it.

The poisoning deaths of many hundreds of people took place only three days after a team of U.N. chemical weapons experts arrived in Syria. But their limited mandate means the inspectors have so far been powerless to go to the scene, a short drive from where they are staying.

Aug 22, 2013

Analysis: Clock ticks while experts kept away from Syria gassing site

AMSTERDAM/LONDON (Reuters) – The longer chemical weapons inspectors wait in a Damascus luxury hotel for permission to drive up the road to the site of what appears to be the worst poison gas attack in a quarter century, the less likely they will be able to get to the bottom of it.

The poisoning deaths of many hundreds of people took place only three days after a team of U.N. chemical weapons experts arrived in Syria. But their limited mandate means the inspectors have so far been powerless to go to the scene, a short drive from where they are staying.

Jul 7, 2013

Online videos showcase Syrian rebels’ foreign weaponry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – From his home in the English town of Leicester, former business administrator Elliot Higgins trawls through sometimes hundreds of online videos a day from Syria’s civil war.

His research, begun after he took redundancy late last year, has made him a self-taught expert on the weaponry of a conflict largely inaccessible to outsiders, in which disparate rebel groups, some linked to al-Qaeda, form their own supply lines.

Jun 27, 2013

With multiple missions, U.S. military steps up Africa focus

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Striking Islamist militants with drones, supporting African forces in stabilizing Somalia and Mali and deploying dozens of training teams, the U.S. military has returned to Africa.

Its presence remains mostly low key, barely mentioned in the context of President Barack Obama’s visit this week to Africa.

Jun 14, 2013

Obama, Putin face difficult talks on Syria at G8 conference

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After authorizing U.S. weapons for rebels in Syria, President Barack Obama faces difficult talks on ending the civil war there when he meets next week with the Syrian government’s most powerful ally: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The pair will hold their first private, face-to-face meeting in a year on Monday at the G8 conference in Northern Ireland, the White House said on Friday.

Jun 14, 2013

Analysis: Transforming Syria’s war could take more than arming rebels

WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – - If the United States and allies genuinely want to change the course of the war in Syria, it may take considerably more than simply supplying the faltering opposition with weaponry.

Western officials say they still believe the ultimate endgame – and possibly the exit of Bashar al-Assad – will be through a negotiated settlement.

Jun 14, 2013

Transforming Syria’s war could take more than arming rebels

WASHINGTON/LONDON, June 14 (Reuters) – - If the United
States and allies genuinely want to change the course of the war
in Syria, it may take considerably more than simply supplying
the faltering opposition with weaponry.

Western officials say they still believe the ultimate
endgame – and possibly the exit of Bashar al-Assad – will be
through a negotiated settlement.

May 22, 2013

Analysis: From opera to exercises, U.S. and China deepen military ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even as the United States accuses China of military espionage and worries about Beijing’s more strident posture in the Asia-Pacific region, the ties between the armed forces of the two nations have been getting closer.

Direct contact between China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and some of its potential adversaries has increased dramatically in the last two years.

May 22, 2013

Analysis – From opera to war games, U.S. and China deepen military ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even as the United States accuses China of military espionage and worries about Beijing’s more strident posture in the Asia-Pacific region, the ties between the armed forces of the two nations have been getting closer.

Direct contact between China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and some of its potential adversaries has increased dramatically in the last two years.

May 8, 2013

Analysis: Despite Israeli strikes, U.S. still wary of Syria air defenses

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli missiles breached Syria’s vaunted air defense system over the weekend, but that offered little comfort to U.S. military planners weighing the risks of any intervention against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

With some of the possible U.S. military options in Syria involving a need for air power, the Pentagon remains concerned about Assad’s ability to shoot down enemy aircraft with surface-to-air missiles, particularly in a sustained campaign.

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      "Peter Apps is political risk correspondent for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, covering a range of stories on the interplay between politics, economics and markets. Previously, he was emerging markets correspondent based in London after postings in southern Africa and Sri Lanka. His neck was broken in a vehicle smash on assignment in Sri Lanka in 2006, leaving him largely paralysed from the shoulders down."
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