PM: Drive Syria extremists out

David Cameron said he wants to see al Qaeda-linked extremists "driven out" of Syria. His comments came as Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi told a gathering in Cairo that his country has cut all diplomatic ties with Syria.

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Obama risks pleasing no one with Syria involvement

David Cameron today backed America's claims that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons.

ITV News Washington correspondent Robert Moore reports on how, after two years of agonizing on the sidelines, America will now provide light weapons to the Syrian rebels - but risks satisfying no one with their level of involvement.

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US prefers strengthening rebels over no-fly zone

The White House said it would be dramatically more difficult and costly to set up a no-fly zone over Syria than it was in Libya, stressing that the United States does not have a national interest in pursuing that option.

"We feel like the best course of action is to try to strengthen a moderate opposition," Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told a news briefing.

He said the United States did not want to send US troops - or "boots on the ground" - to Syria and said enforcing a no-fly zone over the country could require intense, open-ended US military engagement.

Obama and Putin to discuss Syria at next week's G8

Putin and Obama in conversation at a G20 summit in June last year. Credit: Reuters

US president Barack Obama will meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland on Monday and will discuss the crisis in Syria and arms control issues, the White House said today.

"They clearly have a very broad agenda to discuss," said Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security advisor.

Hezbollah leader promises to continue to back Assad

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah appears on screen to address followers in Beirut in May.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has vowed that his movement would continue its military support for Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after its fighters spearheaded the recapture of the strategic town of Qusair last week.

"Wherever we need to be, we will be. What we started taking responsibility for, we will continue to be responsible for, and there is no need to give details," he said in a televised speech.


PM: Chemical weapon use 'is ordered by Assad regime'

British experts at the Porton Down chemical warfare testing establishment have been involved in the assessment of samples taken from two sites in Syria, the Prime Minister said.

"We believe that the scale of use is sanctioned and ordered by the Assad regime," he said.

"We haven't seen any credible reporting of chemical weapons use by the Syrian opposition."

PM: Syria's 'brutal dictator' is using chemical weapons

David Cameron has said there is credible evidence of "multiple attacks" using chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

The Prime Minister said the UK believes the "scale of use is sanctioned and ordered by the Assad regime" but also indicated that al-Qaeda-linked elements in the opposition movement had also attempted to acquire chemical weapons for probable use in Syria.

He restated the Government's position that no decision had been taken to arm moderate rebels opposed to Assad, but added that he was a "brutal dictator who is using chemical weapons under our nose".

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