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Alan Shatter said Irish troops would have adequate resources while on deployment. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

MMinister for Defence Alan Shatter has sought to allay concerns over the safety of Irish troops about to be deployed on a United Nations mission to th(...)

Smoke rises from al-Jazmati area after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Hamid Khatib/Reuters.

Damascenes are obsessed with US threats of strikes against government targets in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons against the capital’s(...)

US President Barack Obama meets in the Situation Room with his national security advisors to discuss strategy in Syria. Photograph: Pete Souza/White House via Getty Images

US secretary of state John Kerry today asserted the United States has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and that the “case is building” for a militar(...)

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi: “A political resolution is still the only way out.” Photograph: Reuters/Adrian Bradshaw

China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said yesterday that the United Nations Security Council should not be pushed into any military action on Syria before(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry said today there is “clear” and “compelling” evidence that the Syrian government used poison gas against its citizen(...)

“We have been assured by the United Nations that every arrangement that is possible will be put in place to ensure their safety and security,” said  Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore yesterday. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The safety and security of Irish troops in the Middle East region has been paramount in the Government’s discussions with the United Nations on the Sy(...)

Members of Parliament are seen attending a session of Parliament in the House of Commons, called to discuss the Syria crisis. Reuters

  The British government’s pledge to intervene militarily in Syria lay in ruins last night after a motion to intervene in principle in (...)

A dangerous escalation

The rush to military action against Syria led by the United States, Britain and France following the use of chemical weapons on civilians there is ill(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters check the amount of ammunition they have for their weapons near Aleppo international airport. With an impending military attack on Syria now all but certain, UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon urged western leaders to await the outcome of the four-day missionto to determine the use of  chemical weapons, which is expected to finish tomorrow.

Britain and the US were under pressure last night to delay military action in Syria until the United Nations completes its investigation into the a(...)

Arab League and United Nations special envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi  after a TV interview at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva yesterday. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The leaders of the Arab world have blamed the Syrian government for a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people last week, but declined (...)

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