Ed Husain

The Arab Street

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The Week Ahead: Iraq Responds to Attacks, Syria Threatens Use of Chemical Weapons

by Ed Husain
July 23, 2012

A policeman stands guard at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk on July 23, 2012 (Stringer Iraq/Courtesy Reuters). A policeman stands guard at the site of a bomb attack in Kirkuk on July 23, 2012 (Stringer Iraq/Courtesy Reuters).


Egypt. Egyptians today are recalling the 1952 military coup that brought the Free Officers to power and set the stage for decades of military dominance in Egyptian affairs. Some activists have called for protests today against efforts by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to retain power in Egypt despite the election of a civilian president, Mohammed Morsi.

Iraq. A series of coordinated attacks across the country on Monday has killed almost one hundred people. An al-Qaeda statement on Sunday foreshadowed the violence, which targeted a vegetable market in Diwaniya, a police official’s home in Balad, a checkpoint near Baquba, a military base near Duluiyah, and a number of other locations.

Lebanon. The Lebanese government will deliver a letter of protest to Syria’s envoy to Lebanon in response to cross-border attacks by the Syrian military on rebel targets in Lebanon. The attacks have come in the form of shelling and raids on homes within Lebanese territory. Lebanese president Michel Sleiman also asked the Lebanese army and security forces to work together to investigate the incidents.

Syria. Having retaken control of areas of Damascus previously seized by rebel forces, the Syrian military has threatened today to use chemical weapons against any foreign forces that attempt to intervene in the conflict. Foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Maqdissi said the weapons would “never be used…during the crisis in Syria” against domestic rebel forces, but said “external aggression” would provoke the regime to deploy them.

1 Comment

  • Posted by Darlene Buckingham

    What is next – Assad hiding in a hole? Who manufactured and sold these chemical weapons? They are the true criminals