Syria Timeline 2013 – 2017, Part 2 B

 Timeline 2013 – 2017

John Kerry Travel Logs 2013. You can see all four years HERE:

  • March 1–2, 2013 – Turkey Ankara Met with President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu. Discussed the Syrian crisis. 
  • March 2–3, 2013- Egypt Cairo Met with Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Araby, Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr, President Mohammed Morsi, Defense Minister Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, and Egyptian political and business leaders.      
  • March 3–4, 2013 – Saudi Arabia Riyadh Met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Foreign Ministers and with Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.
  • March 4–5, 2013 – United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Met with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan.  
  • March 5–6, 2013 – Qatar Doha Met with Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Heir Apparent Tamim bin Hammad al-Thani, and Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassin bin Jaber al-Thani.
  • March 20–22, 2013 – Jerusalem Accompanied President Obama.
  • March 21, 2013 – Palestinian Authority Ramallah Accompanied President Obama. 
  • March 22–24, 2013 – Jordan Amman Accompanied President Obama. 
  • March 24–25, 2013 – Iraq Baghdad Met with President Nouri al-Maliki and Iraqi political leaders. 
  • March 25–26, 2013 – Afghanistan Kabul Met with President Hamid Karzai. 
  • April 7, 2013 – Turkey Istanbul Met with Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu. 
  • April 7–9, 2013 –  Israel Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Met with President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.
  • April 7, 2013 – Palestinian Authority Ramallah Met with President Mahmoud Abbas. 
  • April 20–21, 2013 – Istanbul Met with Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu and attended a ministerial meeting of the Friends of the Syrian People Core Group. Also met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. 
  • May 7–8, 2013 – Moscow Met with President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
  • May 8–9, 2013 – Italy Rome Met with Foreign Minister Emma Bonino, Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.
  • May 21–22, 2013 – Oman Muscat Met with Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said and Defense Minister Said Badr al-Busaidi.
  • May 22, 2013 – Jordan Amman Met with King Abdullah II and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh. Attended a London Eleven plenary meeting.
  • May 23–24, 2013 – Israel Jerusalem Met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres.
  • May 23–24, 2013 – Palestinian Authority Ramallah Met with President Mahmoud Abbas. 
  • June 22–23, 2013 – Qatar Doha Attended the London Eleven Plenary Meeting and met with Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamin al-Thani, Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad al-Thani and Amir Hamad al-Thani.
  • June 25–26, 2013 – Saudi Arabia Jeddah Met with Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. 
  • June 26, 2013 – Kuwait City Met with Amir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah and Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Sabah. 
  • June 27, 2013 – Jordan Amman Met with King Abdullah II and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • June 27–30, 2013 – Israel Jerusalem Met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 
  • June 28, 2013 – Palestinian Authority Ramallah Met with President Mahmoud Abbas. 
  • June 29, 2013 – Jordan Amman Met with King Abdullah II and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • June 30, 2013 – Palestinian Authority Ramallah Met with President Mahmoud Abbas. 
  • July 16–19, 2013 – Jordan Amman Met with Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Attended an Arab League Peace Initiative Meeting. Visited the Za’atri Refugee Camp.
  • July 19, 2013 – Palestinian Authority Ramallah Met with President Mahmoud Abbas and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat. 
  • July 31–August 2, 2013 – Pakistan Islamabad Met with President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz. Visited Zero Point Power Plant. 
  • August 2, 2013 – United Kingdom London Met with United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed. 
  • September 12–15, 2013 –  Geneva Discussed the Syrian crisis with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Announced Framework for the Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons.
  • September 15–16, 2013 – Israel Jerusalem Met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 
  • October 11–12, 2013 – Afghanistan Kabul Met with President Hamid Karzai. Signed Bilateral Security Agreement. 
  • October 21–22, 2013 – France Paris Met with members of the Arab Peace Initiative Follow-up Committee, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, and members of the Syrian Opposition Coalition. 
  • October 11–12, 2013 – Afghanistan Kabul Met with President Hamid Karzai. Signed Bilateral Security Agreement. 
  • October 21–22, 2013 – France Paris Met with members of the Arab Peace Initiative Follow-up Committee, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, and members of the Syrian Opposition Coalition. 
  • October 22, 2013 – United Kingdom London Attended the London Eleven Ministerial Meeting. 
  • October 22–24, 2013 – Italy Rome Met with Prime Minister Enrico Letta and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 
  • November 3, 2013 – Egypt Cairo Met with Interim President Adly Mansour, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, and Defense Minister Abdul Fatah al-Sisi. 
  • November 3–4, 2013 – Saudi Arabia Riyadh Met with Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud. 
  • November 6, 2013 – Palestinian Authority Bethlehem Met with President Mahmoud Abbas and attended a High Impact Microfinance Infrastructure Initiative Event. 
  • November 6, 2013 – Jordan Amman Met with King Abdullah II, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. 
  • November 8, 2013 – Israel Jerusalem Met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 
  • November 8–10, 2013 – Switzerland Geneva Met with EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif.
  • November 10–11, 2013 – United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
  • November 22–24, 2013 – Switzerland Geneva Met with the P5+1 representatives and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif. Announced a First Step Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear Program. 
  • December 5–6, 2013 – Israel Jerusalem Met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid. 
  • December 5, 2013 – Palestinian Authority Ramallah Met with President Mahmoud Abbas.
     December 12–13, 2013 – Israel Jerusalem, Tel Aviv Met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

January 2013 – Syria accuses Israel of bombing military base near Damascus, where Hezbollah was suspected of assembling a convoy of anti-aircraft missiles bound for Lebanon.

March 19, 2013, unconfirmed reports surfaced, after initial reports on the Syrian state news agency SANA, that missiles armed with “chemical materials” may have been fired into the Khan al-Asal district in Aleppo and the Al Atebeh suburbs of Damascus. Both sides accused the other of the atrocity. Russia sided with Assad. Syria requested that the UN send inspectors to investigate in order to clear themselves.

April 3, 2013 – Turkey announces seizure of gas masks and  weapons bound for Syria shipped by North Korea on a Libyan registered vessel (no mention available as to recipient however it could be a defensive given Assad warning about chemical warfare to citizens?)

April 2013 – Zahir al-Sakit or al-Sakat, a former Syrian army general from the chemical weapons branch, said he had been instructed to use chemical weapons in caves and tunnels that are used by the FSA, during battles in the southwestern area of Hauran. But instead, Sakit disobeyed the orders.

April 2013 –  Several reporters for the French news media Le Monde personally witnessed chemical weapons attacks on civilians in the Jobar chemical attacks and held the Syrian Army responsible.

April 29, 2013, a chemical attack was reported, in Saraqib, in which 2 died and 13 were injured. Turkish doctors said initial test show that no traces of sarin had been found in the blood samples of victims. French intelligence acquired blood, urine, earth and munitions samples from victims or sites of attacks on Saraqeb, on 29 April 2013, and Jobar, in mid April 2013. The analysis carried out confirms the use of sarin. White House held off responding.

June 2013 – British and French authorities claimed to have evidence that Sarin nerve gas was used  in Syria, these findings and evidence was passed on to the US government. The evidence was largely made up of samples of bodily fluids taken from individuals who claim to have been affected.

July 9, 2013, the Russian Federation submitted the results of its inquiry noting they believed it more likely opposition forces were responsible.

August 21, 2013  – Ghouta chemical attack, for which Western states held the Syrian government responsible (whilst Syria and Russia held the Syrian rebels of the Syrian civil war responsible) and caused the deaths of 1,300 people.

August 2013 –  Sarin gas attack against civilians in the Ghouta at exactly the same time a UN team of inspectors began its investigations into two earlier allegations of gas attacks in Damascus and Aleppo. These attaccks were alleged to have been launched by the insurgent though proof was missing. Syrian National Coalition replaced the Syrian National Council as the west’s chosen vehicle for replacing Assad.  Al Qaeda and its affiliates had taken over the war against Assad. FSA had been all but eliminated. Arab allies were arming the Jihadis with wire-guided anti-tank missiles and surface to air heat seeking missiles. Al Qaeda was allegedly using the war in Syria to re-invigorate Al Qaeda in Iraq.

August 30, 2013 – Chemical Warfare Intelligence Summary issued in US 

September 2013 – French intelligence put the Syrian stockpile at 1,000 tonnes, including Yperite, VX and “several hundred tonnes of sarin”

September 8, 2013 – White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough walks back talk of assurance on Assad chemical attack and states “has more to do with a “common-sense test” rather than “irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence.” on Sunday talk shows.

September 9, 2013 – Interpress Service states “Syria chemical warfare intelligence summary released by the Barack Obama administration Aug. 30 did not represent an intelligence community assessment, an IPS analysis and interviews with former intelligence officials reveals.

September 27, 2013 –  UN issues resolution 2118 in response to chemical weapons framework for elimination

September 2013 – Syria joined the CWC (formally acceding on October 14), and agreed to the destruction of its weapons – gives a list of chemicals to CWC but it isn’t public

September 2013 – UN weapons inspectors conclude that chemical weapons were used in an attack on the Ghouta area of Damascus in August that killed about 300 people, but do not allocate responsibility. Government allows UN to destroy chemical weapons stocks, process complete by June 2014.

September 14, 2013 – United States and Russia announced that they had agreed to a disarmament framework that would eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons programs

October 2013 –  OPCW found a total of 1,300 metric tons of chemical weapons.

November 2013 – Albania refuses to take the stockpile of chemicals to destroy them.

December 2013 – US and Britain suspend “non-lethal” support for rebels in northern Syria after reports that Islamist rebels seized bases of Western-backed Free Syrian Army.

March 2014 – Syrian Army and Hezbollah forces recapture Yabroud, the last rebel stronghold near the Lebanese border.

June 2014 – During the Syrian Civil War, an inquiry by the United Nations reported finding evidence which implicated Assad in war crimes.  Assad was included in a list of war crimes indictments of government officials and rebels handed to the International Criminal Court.

January 2014  – Syrian peace talk at the UN had barely begun when 55,000 pictures allegedly showing Syrian government forces torturing and killing 11,000 civilians were leaked to The Guardian and CNN. A major shift in the area occurred. Syrian National Council withdraws from Syrian National Coalition because they went to Geneva.

  • “Till only weeks ago Iran was a rogue state; Syria was a brutal family run dictatorship allied to Iran, and the Hezbollah in Lebanon and therefore a sworn enemy of Israel and the west. Russia and China were spoilers intent upon propping up anti-west regimes in a senseless prolongation of cold war hostilities. Israel was the west’s staunchest ally in the Middle East, followed closely by Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates its principal providers of oil and military bases in the Middle East.”  wrote  Prem Jha  February 27, 2014 “Syria – Who fired the first shot ?”.

February 22, 2014 – UN issues Resolution 2139. Syrian civil war, access for humanitarian aid.

March 2014 –  May 2015 Constant fighting begins and continues as many including the US take action against ISIS

June 2014 – Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militants declare “caliphate” in territory from Aleppo to eastern Iraqi province of Diyala.

July 14, 2014 – UN issues Resolution 2165. Syrian civil war, Humanitarian situation in Syria and the establishment of a monitoring mechanism

July 16, 2014 – Assad was sworn in for another seven-year term

July 20, 2014: John Kerry stated, “we struck a deal (with Syria) where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out.”

August 2014 – allegedly all chemical weapons of Syria had been destroyed. But reports, disclosures, incomplete documentation, and allegations of withholding part of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile since mean that serious concerns regarding chemical weapons and related sites in Syria remain

March 6, 2015 – UN issues Resolution 2209. Syrian civil war, Chemical weapons in Syria

September 2015 – Russia carries out its first air strikes in Syria, saying they target the Islamic State group, but the West and Syrian opposition say it overwhelmingly targets anti-Assad rebels. Russia was “already providing Syria with sufficiently serious help: with both materiel and training soldiers, with our weapons.” according to Putin.

December 18, 2015 – UN issues Resolution 2254. Syria Civil War, ceasefire

February 26,  2016- UN issues Resolution 2268. calling for a cessation of hostilities and a grant for access to humanitarian workers in Syria

2016 – Continued fighting between rebels and Assad military with support from Russia.

August 2016 – Turkish troops cross into Syria to help rebel groups push back so-called Islamic State militants and Kurdish-led rebels from a section of the two countries’ border.

October 31, 2016 – UN issues Resolution 2314. Extends Mandate of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism to Identify Perpetrators of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

November 17, 2016 – UN issues Resolution 2319. Renewed the mandate of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism for a further year.

December 19, 2016- UN issues Resolution 2328. Demanding Immediate, Unhindered Access for Observation of Monitoring Civilian Evacuations from Aleppo, Syria

December 21, 2016 – UN issues Resolution 2332. Renewed the authorisation for cross-border aid delivery in Syria until 10 January 2018.

January 2017- Russia, Iran and Turkey agree to enforce a ceasefire between the government and non-Islamist rebels, after talks between the two sides in Kazakhstan.

January 2017 – Russia and Syria signed agreements to extend Russia’s control of its facility for 49 years and give it sovereignty over the territory

April 4, 2017 – Widespread international condemnation of apparent Syrian air force chemical attack on rebel-held Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province. Pictures are released and desimminated that show horrific scenes of children and families dead from some type of chemical or attack. Hospital where the people were at was targeted with bombs by someone.

April 11, 2017 – US congressman ask questions about USAID and want to know more about a Soros connection according to American Liberty PAC .

Sources – various –
“The Case Of George Soros”
Open Society Foundation site
Conservapedia
Wikipedia by subject and country
DiscovertheNet.org
Conference on Global Economic Crisis – 2010
Americas Best History Timeline by year
Syria – BBC Timeline
In Gaza
Amnesty International
Purpose.com

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2 Responses to Syria Timeline 2013 – 2017, Part 2 B

  1. Hardnox says:

    Wow, you did an excellent job with this. Take a bow Uriel.

  2. Uriel says:

    Thanks Hardnox 🙂