AMMAN, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Jordan's Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour said Monday the kingdom is ready for a possible chemical war that may come from neighboring Syria.
During a press conference on Monday, Ensour said there is still possibility for a chemical war in Syria that might spill over into Jordan.
He added that Jordan asked the United States for manned surveillance aircraft to help the country prevent the Syrian conflict spiralling across the border and protect the Zaatari refugee camp, which is home to more than 165,000 Syrians.
Last week, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Jordan is interested in what the U.S. could do to help it secure its long border with Syria.
The kingdom demanded the provision of manned "intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance" aircraft among other items, according to Dempsey.
Syrian president confident of rooting out terrorism
DAMASCUS, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday his country is capable of rooting out terrorism, as government troops reportedly regained almost all of the contested countryside area of the coastal city of Latakia, the heartland of his rule.
Assad made the remarks when meeting with a visiting Mauritanian delegation, during which the embattled leader stressed that Syria welcomes all of the constructive efforts to solve the crisis and is determined to work jointly to beat terrorism that has engulfed the country for over 29 months. Full story
News Analysis: No U.S. solution to quell chaos in Egypt, Syria
WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- While Egypt unravels and a civil war rages in Syria, the United States may be out of options to quell the bloodshed, U.S. analysts said.
Spiraling violence has engulfed Cairo and spread to additional areas nationwide after the recent military takeover of power from the ruling Muslim Brotherhood. Last week saw more than 500 deaths after Egypt's military steamrolled through a pro-Brotherhood protest. On Monday, alleged Islamic extremists attacked two police vehicles in Sinai, killing more than 25 officers and wounding three others. Full story
Syria accuses U.S. of concealing unwillingness to help resolve crisis
DAMASCUS, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Syria's Foreign Ministry on Friday accused the U.S. administration of continuing its "lies and deception" to conceal its stance that rejects peaceful solution to Syria's long-standing conflict.
In a terse statement Friday, the ministry accused the United States of being unwilling to help find a political solution through a dialogue among the Syrians at the upcoming peace conference in Geneva. Full story
Russia accuses U.S. of disturbing preparations for Syria conference
MOSCOW, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Russia slammed the United States on Friday for turning the situation upside down over the preparations for a planned Geneva conference on Syria.
The United States, who had blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for his reluctance to participate in the Syrian peace conference in Geneva without preconditions, was "turning the entire situation upside down," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.Full story