As the West looks set to intervene in Syria, the pace of updates is starting to get difficult to follow. Yesterday, military plans came out from Pentagon officials, French president François Hollande spoke about Syria at a conference with France’s ambassadors, British prime minister David Cameron released the transcript of an in-house interview about his thoughts on Syria, and oil prices reached a six-month high on worries about Middle Eastern stability. Today, Britain will submit a draft resolution condemning Syria to the UN Security Council. There’s also been lots of debate about whether or not intervention is the best option, Saudi Arabia has offered Russia an oil deal if it stops backing Syria, and there has been a surge in orders of gas marks in Israel due to fears of the civil war spilling over to their country.
So here’s a short list for sources of live news and analysis:
Live blog: Two of the most detailed live blogs about Syria are at the Guardian (look for the “LIVE” link at the top of its Syria page) and Al Jazeera English. Reuters is also running a live blog. For the Syrian regime’s point of view, the state news agency, Sana, is also regularly updating its site.
Background: If you haven’t followed any of the news about Syria, the Herald Sun has a short breakdown of why the civil war is so complicated and Syria Deeply has a very detailed timeline of the conflict. The New Yorker also has a good piece about why the use of chemical weapons is so important, historically, and in May it published an inside look at the debate over Syria in the White House.