The Islamic State(IS) has captured territory held by other rebel groups and fought against them. Surely the rebels should welcome the strikes. However, the strikes were directed not only against IS but other radical rebel groups as well.
Ali Haidar, a Syrian government minister, warned that any action in Syria such as the bombing contemplated by president Obama against the Islamic State needs the approval of the Syrian government.
The ongoing civil war in Syria has devastated a country that, two and a half years ago, had subsidized health care. Today, with 7 million people displaced, Syria is dealing with a massive humanitarian crisis, as well as an outbreak of polio.
Syrian state TV reports that UN inspectors will be allowed access to the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks in Damascus suburbs. The announcement follows an agreement between the head of the UN delegation and the Syrian foreign minister.
An internal memo circulating in Washington alleges that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons in its civil war with rebels. An estimated 100 to 150 people have have died from detected chemical weapons attacks in Syria to date.
Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon's Yishai Friedman, covered the speech by Israeli former chief of staff Lt. General (reserves) Gabi Ashkenazi, who voiced opposition to directly attacking Iran at this stage, at the "Council for peace and security" convention
Footage allegedly showing Syrian soldiers torturing a rebel soldier in the suburbs of Damascus was recently posted to YouTube. The video showed the Syrian soldiers beating the man lying on the floor with his hands tied behind his back.
In 60 cities across the globe, tens of thousands of people held protests against Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime. Hundreds gathered outside of Toronto's Old City Hall to urge an end to the mass murders that have taken place in the country for a year.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has announced that his government is preparing for an anti-Assad rally being organized through Facebook and Twitter and scheduled for Feb. 5, titled "Day of Rage."