Printed on: September 01, 2013

Syria developments around the world


Here's a look at key Syria developments around the world Saturday amid heightened tensions:

SYRIA: Rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad said they plan an offensive coinciding with any U.S. strikes. Syrian state TV aired Obama's speech with live translation after earlier showcasing Syrian soldiers training, fighter jets soaring in the sky and tanks firing at unseen targets to the backdrop of martial music.

ISRAEL: The Israeli military said it deployed an "Iron Dome" missile defense battery in the Tel Aviv area. If the U.S. attacks Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons, Israel fears Damascus may respond by firing missiles at Israel, a close American ally.

IRAN: Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the Iranian parliament's Committee on National Security, visited Damascus to show support for the Syrian regime. He said a strike against Syria will "not be confined to its borders but will have repercussions in the entire region."

MEDITERRANEAN SEA: Five U.S. Navy destroyers were in the eastern Mediterranean Sea waiting for the order to launch. The destroyers are armed with dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles, which have a range of about 1,000 nautical miles and are used for precise targeting. French military officials confirmed the frigate Chevalier Paul, which specializes in anti-missile capabilities, as well as the hulking transport ship Dixmude were in the Mediterranean for training and operational preparations but denied any link to possible Syria operations.

JORDAN: Demonstrators opposed to military intervention in Syria burned U.S. and Israeli flags and chanted outside the American embassy in the Jordanian capital of Amman. Other protests against a Syria strike took place in Britain, France, Germany and Turkey.