US military preparing options for response if Assad uses chemical weapons

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford said he and the White House maintain a “routine dialogue” about military options for a response to Syria using chemical weapons in an expected assault on Idlib. Mr Dunford said no final decision has been made about whether use of chemical weapons would trigger a US…

South Syrian rebels surrender

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has secured a major victory with south Syrian rebels agreeing to a ceasefire set up by Russia, surrendering the province of Deraa to the government. The victory means that the Syrian government has regained control of the Nassib border crossing, an important part of the border with Jordan. The rebels have…