BAGHDAD, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki announced Wednesday highest alert in the country ahead of any possible strike on neighboring Syria.
In his televised weekly statement, Maliki announced "the highest alert to avoid what could be resulted from the war (on Syria) of any internal crises on the levels of economy, (public) services."
"We have taken all the needed measures that could help us avoid any possible serious consequences that could result from the Syrian crisis as there is talk about possible strike," Maliki said in the statement aired by the state-run Iraqia channel.
Maliki also called on all political parties, Council of Representatives (parliament) and all the government institutions to unite in order to confront the dangers that could face Iraq and the region instead of taking part in side battles and political conflicts.
Western powers are preparing for an option of possible military strike against Syria following a suspected chemical weapons attack on some Damascus suburbs that killed hundreds of people.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. officials said on Tuesday that the options considered by PresidentBarack Obamain the wake of a chemical weapons attack in Syria aim not at regime change and that there is no military solution to the protracted conflict there. Full story
BEIJING, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called respectively prime ministers of Britain and Canada over possible responses to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, while theUnited Nationsstressed its rejection to a military solution to the crisis. Full story
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that the chemical-weapons use against civilians in Syria is inexcusable and "undeniable," and that President Barack Obama will make an informed decision on how to respond.
"Indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity," Kerry said.Full Story
DAMASCUS, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Syria will defend itself by all available means if theUnited Statesdecided to attack the country, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said at a press conference on Tuesday. Full story