Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
- Heading the news today is the escalating rhetoric about the planning of a military intervention in Syria, some reporting in the same vein as the 1999 NATO Kosovo bombing campaign, as the US points its finger at the Syrian government for the recent chemical weapons attack (official remarks here). Julian discussed legality of an intervention without Security Council approval. After UN weapons inspectors were shot at yesterday by snipers, warplanes have been reported to be seen readying at a UK airbase in Cyprus.
- A UN brigade tasked with neutralizing armed groups in Congo has assisted the country’s army in clashes with eastern M23 rebels, ending a brief lull in days of fighting that has killed and wounded dozens.
- The UN will investigate allegations that the US has been spying on top-level meetings at the UN headquarters in New York. A piece in Der Spiegel reveals how the US allegedly gained access to the blueprints of the new EU building in NYC.
- Foreign Policy has an exclusive claiming “CIA files prove US helped Saddam as he gassed Iran” in 1988 with sarin and mustard gas.