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  • With deal struck, pro-Israel groups suspend lobbying for Syria strike

    September 16, 2013 | 2:50 pm

    Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

    A spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which organized a Capitol...

  • Syria transferred weapons to Hezbollah, Saudi paper reports

    September 16, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad transported some of his country’s chemical weapons to the terrorist group Hezbollah, a Saudi newspaper reported.

    The daily Al-Watan, citing opposition leader Kamal al Labwani, reported Monday that the Syrian government hid some of its chemical...

  • Israel under pressure to give up chemical, nuclear weapons

    September 16, 2013 | 10:47 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The United States-Russian deal for the destruction of Syria’s huge chemical weapon stocks caused Israelis to breathe an audible sigh of relief.

    Many expected that a US strike would push either Syria or its ally Hezbollah to...

  • U.S., France, Britain to press Assad on chemical arms

    September 16, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The United States, France and Britain warned President Bashar Assad on Monday that there would be consequences if he fails to stick to a deal under which Syria must give up its chemical weapons, and U.N. experts confirmed sarin gas was used in the August 21 attack in Damascus.

  • Across enemy lines, wounded Syrians seek Israeli care

    September 13, 2013 | 9:13 am

    Not a hundred miles from Damascus, a Syrian rebel lies in a hospital bed, an Israeli sentry at the door. Nearby a Syrian mother sits next to her daughter, shot in the back by a sniper.

    What started this year as a trickle is now a steady flow of Syrians, scores of civilians and...

  • Syria says now a full member of chemical arms pact

    September 12, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    Syria became a full member of the global anti-chemical weapons treaty on Thursday, the country's U.N. envoy said, a move that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad had promised as part of a deal to avoid U.S. air strikes.

    Several U.N. diplomats and a U.N. official,...

  • Assad: Israel should destroy its chemical weapons too

    September 12, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Israel should be required to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons.

    “If we want stability in the Middle East, all countries should adhere to agreements and the first country to adhere to the agreements should be...

  • Putin warns of attack on Israel

    September 12, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Vladimir Putin warned of a possible attack on Israel as the United States considers whether to strike Syria.

    In a New York Times Op-Ed published Thursday, the Russian president chided the United States for its threats to strike Syria in the wake of a chemical weapons attack and...

  • AIPAC makes push on Syria

    September 11, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    Pro-Israel officials rolled their eyes this week in response to the opposing spins about their support for President Barack Obama’s drive to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against his own people.

    Some suggested that once again, the...

  • Muslims, stop blaming Israel

    September 11, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    Whenever calamities befall Muslim-majority nations, there is always a country to blame: Israel. Is there a revolution against a tyrant? Zionists are responsible. Who else could be at fault if there is a clash between Sunni and Shia groups? The Jews. Did a bomb explode on the other...

  • Syria, Obama and America

    By Dennis Prager

    September 11, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Ten thoughts on the current crisis:

    1. American red lines cannot be crossed.

    President Barack Obama has said that “Assad must go” and that the use of chemical weapons would constitute, in America’s eyes, a “red line.” If proclamations of an American president to other countries...

  • Obama wants to keep pressure on Syria as diplomatic option pursued

    September 10, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama and top national security officials urged Congress on Tuesday to keep the pressure on Syria over its chemical weapons arsenal while the United States explores a diplomatic alternative to military strikes.

    A potential diplomatic breakthrough put the...

  • Reid links Assad’s attacks to Nazi gas chambers

    September 10, 2013 | 1:23 pm

    Harry Reid, the majority leader in the U.S. Senate, compared Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged chemical weapons attacks against his citizens to the Nazi gas chambers.

    “Millions and millions of civilians and prisoners of war were murdered by gas in Nazi death camps,...

  • Pope, in Syria peace appeal, calls for end to spiral of death

    September 7, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    A somber-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal before 100,000 people on Saturday to avert a widening of Syria's conflict, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a "spiral of sorrow and death."

    Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria "a...

  • Most G20 leaders agree Assad was behind chemical attack, Obama says

    September 6, 2013 | 8:33 am

    President Barack Obama said on Friday that most leaders of the G20 countries agree that Syrian President Bashar Assad is responsible for using poison gas against civilians as the U.S. leader tried to rally support at home and abroad for a military strike.

    Obama said he planned to...

  • How to slow down the rush to war: What Obama should do about Syria

    September 4, 2013 | 12:59 pm

    The tragic dilemma we now face is that the murderous Assad regime in Syria should have been overthrown long ago, but the U.S. has no moral standing or credibility to be the agent of that overthrow.  

    The U.S. interest in Syria is not perceived by much of the world as a human...

  • The debate we should be having on Syria

    September 4, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    On Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama boarded Air Force One, departed for Sweden and left behind a looming political disaster. Despite the endorsement of Republican and Democratic House leaders, many members of Congress remain deeply skeptical about the president's proposal to...

  • Russia warns of catastrophe if Syria reactor hit by U.S. strike

    September 4, 2013 | 11:50 am

    Russia said on Wednesday that a military strike on Syria could have catastrophic effects if a missile hit a small reactor near Damascus that contains radioactive uranium.

    The Foreign Ministry called on the U.N. nuclear agency to urgently assess the risk as the United States...

  • Former Syrian defense minister defects in break with Assad

    By Aaron Wood

    September 4, 2013 | 9:51 am

    Former Syrian Defence Minister General Ali Habib, a prominent member of President Bashar Assad's Alawite sect, has defected and is now in Turkey, a senior member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition told Reuters on Wednesday.

    If his defection is confirmed, Habib would be...

  • Jewish groups set to back Obama on Syria

    September 3, 2013 | 1:48 pm

    Jewish groups backing President Obama’s call to strike Syria are citing moral outrage and U.S. national security as primary considerations — but concern for Israel, however muted, also looms large in their thinking.

    A lingering sensitivity over misrepresentations of the role of...

  • Building case for lawmakers, U.S. says sarin gas used in Syria attack

    September 1, 2013 | 11:56 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday tests showed that sarin nerve gas was used in a deadly August 21 chemical attack near Damascus as he sought to build the case to convince skeptical lawmakers to authorize a military strike against the Syrian government.

    He invoked the...

  • Kerry makes forceful case for military action against Syria

    August 30, 2013 | 11:19 am

    The Obama administration made a forceful case for limited U.S. military action against Syria on Friday, releasing evidence the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against civilians multiple times in the past year and saying the "indiscriminate, inconceivable horror" could...

  • Arab League ministers to blame Syria’s Assad for chemical attack

    August 28, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Arab League ministers will pass a resolution blaming Syrian President Bashar Assad for last week's chemical weapons attack in Damascus when they meet in Cairo next week, League officials said on Wednesday.

    The states' permanent representatives at the League had already explicitly...

  • U.S. readies strikes, Syrians prepare for attack

    August 28, 2013 | 10:59 am

    People in Damascus stocked up on supplies on Wednesday and some left homes close to potential targets as U.S. officials described plans for multi-national strikes on Syria that could last for days.

    United Nations chemical weapons experts completed a second field trip to...

  • West could hit Syria in days, envoys tell rebels

    August 27, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting President Bashar Assad, sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.

    U.S. forces in the region are "ready to go", Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said,...

  • Obama faces growing calls to act over Syria gas attack allegations

    August 22, 2013 | 5:29 pm

    With his international credibility seen increasingly on the line, President Barack Obama on Thursday faced growing calls at home and abroad for forceful action against the Syrian government over accusations it carried out a massive new deadly chemical weapons attack.

    While the...

  • Syria rebels: Chemical attack killed hundreds

    August 21, 2013 | 9:13 am

    Syria's opposition accused President Bashar Assad's forces of gassing many hundreds of people — by one report as many as 1,300 — on Wednesday in what would, if confirmed, be the world's worst chemical weapons attack in decades.

    Western and regional countries called for U.N....

  • Iran looks to the north

    July 24, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    In the United States, our focus is on Iran’s activities to its west and east. Tehran supports Bashar Assad in Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, menaces oil exports in the Gulf and threatens Israel with annihilation. On its other flank, it seeks influence in Afghanistan as U.S....

  • Saudi Arabia says Syrian war on rebels is ‘genocide’

    June 25, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday the Syrian government's attempts to suppress a rebellion amounted to "genocide" and called for rebels to get military aid to defend themselves, in a sharp escalation of rhetoric over the conflict.

    Speaking at a news conference with U.S. Secretary of...

  • Russia’s Putin torpedoes G8 efforts to oust Assad

    June 18, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    Russia's Vladimir Putin derailed Barack Obama's efforts to win backing for the downfall of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad at a G8 summit on Tuesday, warning the West that arms supplied to the rebels could be used for attacks on European soil.

    After two days of intense talks that...

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