Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
- On the day we mark 100 years of the Peace Palace in The Hague, the US and its allies are readying for a military intervention in Syria with Australia saying it would back military action, even without a Security Council resolution. Action may come within days.
- China’s top paper accused the US of wanting regime change in Syria and likened any military action the US might take to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein 10 years. The Long War Journal reports that jihadists in the area are also concerned about US motivation, fearing that the US would use intervention in Syria to target them as well.
- Foreign Policy has a piece about the limits of acting in Syria for the US, citing limited options, limited interests and limited reasons for getting involved
- Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam and spy chief Abdullah el-Senussi will stand trial in Libya beginning September 19th, according to the Prosecutor General.
- Two attacks by suspected Boko Haram fighters have killed 24 people in Nigeria’s northeast in the latest violence believed to be in revenge against vigilantes.
- Iran has named a disarmament expert as its envoy to the IAEA.
- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he would consider meeting FARC rebel leader Timochenko to accelerate talks aimed at ending 50 years of conflict.