Countdown to military strike on Syria

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Saturday, August 31, 2013:

[Time in GMT]

Team of U.N. inspectors left their Damascus hotel in a convoy of cars following the conclusion of their probe into the alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime.

Friday, August 30, 2013:

[Time in GMT]

U.N. chief: analysis of chemical team's Syria samples could take 2 weeks


Infographic: Striking a balance

Infographic: Striking a balance (Design by Farwa Rizwan / Al Arabiya English)
Infographic: Striking a balance (Design by Farwa Rizwan / Al Arabiya English)

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013:

10-11 p.m.

  • Obama: 'I have not made a decision' on Syria
  • Obama: U.S. engagement in Syria civil war would not help
  • Obama: Syria has largest chemical weapons stock in the region
  • Obama: U.S. concludes Assad regime behind chemical attack
  • Obama: Use of chemical weapons in Syria affects U.S. national interests
  • Obama says wants to make sure there is not a situation where chemical weapons can be directed at the United States
  • Obama: U.S. to show Syria 'it better not' use chemical arms again

6-7 p.m.

  • U.S.: U.N. resolution on Syria stalls due to Russian ‘intransigence’
  • Germany says Syria cannot go unpunished

5-6 p.m.

  • U.S.: 'No avenue' forward on U.N. Syria resolution
  • U.S.: Syrian government should not be allowed to hide behind Russia

4-5 p.m.

  • U.N. inspectors to be withdrawn from Syria on Friday at the latest: Al Arabiya
  • Syrian’s U.N. envoy Bashar al-Jaafari: “terrorist organization” behind use of chemical weapons
  • Bashar al-Jaafari: attack on Syria will undermine inspections
  • Jaafari: A military attack on Syria will violate international law
  • Jaafari accuses three U.N. permanent member states of arming opposition
  • Jaafari no U.N. consensus on military action against Syria
  • Jaafari: we are in a state of war and we are taking precautions measures


2-3 p.m.

  • Syria accuses West of inventing excuses to intervene
  • Syria will become 'graveyard of invaders': PM

1-2 p.m.

  • U.N. Security Council holds emergency meeting on Syria
  • U.N. experts return to Damascus hotel after visit to poison gas site
  • UK's Cameron says National Security Council meeting unanimous that 'world should not stand by'
  • NATO: Use of chemical weapons in Syria 'cannot go unanswered'
  • Israel authorizes partial army reserve call-up over Syria: radio
  • Obama: Goal of "limited, tailored" military strike would be to "send shot across the bow" to deter future chemical weapons attacks

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