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Shocking satellite images show devastation in districts that back opposition to President Assad

There are people in the Houses of Parliament who still don't know where Damascus, Syria is, even though we might bomb it

As world leaders continue to debate Syria and conversation amongst the commentariat focuses ever more sharply on whether we should go to war, the professional quiz masters over at usvsth3m have created an interactive map, asking ‘Do you know where Damascus is? The US and UK are probably about to bomb it.’

UN inspectors in Ain Tarma, Damascus

Syria crisis: Weapons inspectors visit site of alleged chemical attack

UN weapons inspectors have restarted their investigation into last week’s alleged chemical attack in Damascus. Accompanied by armed rebels, UN inspectors visited the suburbs of Jobar and Zamalka, “taking samples and interviewing the victims”, Dr Ghazzan Bwadani, who treated many of those affected, told The Independent.

Security forces inspect the site of a car bomb that killed at least seven people in Sadr City, Baghdad

How Syria action risks unsettling fragile Middle East balance of power

The violence has already affected neighbouring states and strengthened the hand of jihadists

'A disaster for the region': Iran leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warns against US strike on Syria

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that US intervention in Syria would be “a disaster for the region”, the ISNA state news agency reported, as Western powers made plans to hit Damascus over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said his country would defend itself using 'all means available' in case of a U.S. strike

Syria crisis: 'We are ready to go,' says US as Obama holds talks on air strike

Meanwhile, Arab League offers legal cover for military action by saying Damascus regime is ‘responsible for heinous crime’

A Royal Navy submarine test fires a Tomahawk missile in 2011

Syria crisis: A short sharp series of air strikes is the West’s likely response

What lay behind the massacre of 1,300 people, the worst atrocity so far in Syria’s vicious civil war, is yet to be fully uncovered. But Western powers have declared they are convinced that Basher al-Assad’s forces were responsible and military intervention now seems increasingly likely.

Kerry delivering a statement about the use of chemical weapons in Syria

Syria crisis: UK and US vow that any military response is 'not about regime change' as Parliament is recalled to vote on intervention

Syrian foreign minister 'utterly and completely' denies Assad regime was behind chemical attack

U.N. chemical weapons experts visit people affected by an apparent gas attack

UN inspectors come under sniper fire as they visit alleged gas attack site

Team was hampered in its ability to move around the area to carry out a thorough investigation

Syria, the Saudi connection: The Prince with close ties to Washington at the heart of the push for war

He has been gone from the capital for eight years, but Prince Bandar bin Sultan, who as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Washington wielded influence over no fewer than five different US presidents, has re-emerged as a pivotal figure in the struggle by America and its allies to tilt the battlefield balance against the regime in Syria.

Is the West prepared to cross the Rubicon over Syria? Probably

Will the night sky of Damascus soon be illuminated by the explosion of American cruise missiles striking government buildings and military bases as used to happen periodically in Baghdad between 1991 and 2003? Pillars of fire would suddenly spring up on each side of the Tigris river and bursts of tracer rounds from anti-aircraft guns would rise slowly and ineffectively into the sky.

Syrian regional governor killed as rebel groups retaliate over alleged chemical attack

Rebel groups in Syria appear to be unwilling to wait for the international community to make up its mind about whether to punish the Assad regime for the alleged chemical attack in Ghouta last week, with some beginning action of their own.

Activists wear gas masks as they look for dead bodies and collect samples to check for chemical weapon use in the Zamalka area

Aid group says it has treated 3,600 'chemical victims' in Syria

Doctors Without Borders, the Paris-based humanitarian organisation, has said that hospitals it supports in Syria have treated about 3,600 patients with "neurotoxic symptoms" and that 355 have died.

Syria crisis: US bolsters navy presence as military options discussed after Damascus massacre

White House weighs military options, while Hague blames regime for atrocity

Council denies help to people who spend on luxuries

A council has become the first in the country to reveal it denies emergency hardship payments to tenants affected by the ‘bedroom tax’ if they are seen to spend too much on “luxuries” such as cigarettes, alcohol and satellite television.

Syrian refugee children walk in the Bab al-Salam refugee camp in Syria's northern city of Azaz

Generation exodus: A million children flee Syrian conflict

Two UN agencies report that child refugees risk being trafficked and sexually exploited

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