President Barack Obama’s defence chief says America is reconsidering arming rebel fighters in Syria.
Chuck Hagel said this is only one of several options being considered by the US administration, and acknowledged it could lead to weapons falling into the hands of anti-American extremists such as the Nusra Front.
“These are options that must be considered with partners, with the international community, what is possible, what can help accomplish these objectives, “ he said.
This comes the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stormed the coastal village of Baida on Thursday.
The British based observatory said the final death toll expected to exceed 100.
State forces appear to have made substantial gains in recent weeks.
They have seized several suburbs outside Damascus and recaptured territory in Homs, the birthplace of the armed insurgency.
- 1Hero’s welcome for Ukraine pilot Nadiya Savchenko after Russia prisoner swap
- 2Germany: #Cutesolidarity response to Kinder chocolate controversy
- 3In the EU ‘one in three deaths of under-75s is avoidable,’ says Eurostat
- 4G7 leaders visit Japanese holy shrine ahead of summit
- 5Germany’s carrot and stick approach to refugee integration
- 1The nuclear waste site at the heart of Canada’s wildfires
- 2Turkey warns EU migrant deal could collapse if visa-waiver isn’t speeded up
- 3Eurozone ministers agree “breakthrough” deal with Greece
- 4More fuel frustration as French pickets refuse to back down
- 5Ukrainian pilot Savchenko back in Kyiv after 2 years in Russian jail
- 1EgyptAir crash: airline says Flight MS804 wreckage found
- 2The nuclear waste site at the heart of Canada’s wildfires
- 3Venezuela economy fractured with shortages of essentials across the country
- 4Crimean Tatars look for Eurovision boost on day of national tragedy
- 5Emergency response: inside Ecuador’s disaster zones
Latest world news
France: Nuclear strike raises stakes in showdown over labour reforms
Groundbreaking study sheds light on Neanderthal life
Iraqi forces say they will retake Falluja from ISIL ‘soon’
Japan jumpstarts G7: Britain expected to push Brexit agenda
G7 leaders visit Japanese holy shrine ahead of summit
Wires > News
- 14:22 CET Italy says another migrant boat capsized, some 80 feared dead
- 14:21 CET Raided Belgian cell had possible targets in second city Antwerp
- 14:19 CET Obama – Trump displays ignorance, seeks tweets over solutions
- 14:18 CET Protesters clash with Congo police over likely delay of November…
- 14:13 CET French union leads new anti-reform protests, seeks to maintain…
- 14:11 CET Nearly 1,000 killed in attacks on health workers in 2014-15 – WHO
- 14:06 CET Zimbabwe’s Mugabe empties food-starved female prisons under amnesty
- 14:04 CET Sanders may debate Trump, not Clinton, before California contest