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  • Obama sees possible breakthrough in Syria weapons proposal

    September 9, 2013 | 5:53 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday he saw a possible breakthrough in the crisis with Syria after Russia proposed that its ally Damascus hand over its chemical weapons for destruction, which could avert planned U.S. military strikes.

    But Obama, speaking in a series of...

  • Syria’s Assad denies chemical weapons use; U.S. presses case for strike

    September 9, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad denied that he was behind a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people, as the White House on Sunday pressed ahead with the uphill effort of persuading Congress to approve a military strike to punish Assad.

    The Obama administration faces a crucial...

  • Rabbis urge Congress to back Obama on Syria

    September 6, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    Leading rabbis covering the religious and political spectrum urged lawmakers in Congress to support President Obama’s plans to strike Syria to stop its use of chemical weapons.

    “We write you as descendants of Holocaust survivors and refugees, whose ancestors were gassed to death...

  • Obama declines to say if will strike Syria if U.S. congress votes ‘no’

    September 6, 2013 | 8:39 am

    President Barack Obama on Friday declined to speculate whether he would go ahead with a military strike in Syria if Congress votes against authorizing it, saying he would try to convince Americans and lawmakers of the need to act against the government of President Bashar Assad.

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Syria in 5774: The unfolding of miscalculations

    By Rob Eshman

    August 30, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    War is the unfolding of miscalculations, historian Barbara Tuchman wrote — and she didn’t even know Bashar al-Assad.

    If the Butcher of Damascus thought there was no difference between killing women and children with artillery and killing them with gas, he miscalculated. Even in a...

  • 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...

  • Kerry says world cannot let Assad get away with chemical attack

    August 30, 2013 | 11:15 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made clear on Friday that the United States would punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the "brutal and flagrant" chemical weapons attack that it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus last week.

    Kerry said it was essential not to...

  • Iran commander: U.S. strike on Syria would bring Israel’s destruction

    August 29, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief said a U.S. military attack on Syria would lead to the "imminent destruction" of Israel and would prove a "second Vietnam" for America, according to an Iranian news agency.

    Shi'ite Muslim Iran, an arch-enemy of Israel, is supporting Syrian...

  • Obama lays out case for ‘tailored’ strike against Syria

    August 28, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    President Barack Obama made the case on Wednesday for a limited military strike against Syria to deter the future use of chemical weapons, but added he had not made a decision yet on whether to take action.

    Obama's administration has spent the past week discussing how to respond...

  • 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...

  • Red Lines

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 28, 2013 | 11:20 am

  • 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...

  • Israel calls up reservists, deploys missile defenses against Syria

    August 28, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Israel ordered a small-scale mobilization of reservists on Wednesday and strengthened its missile defenses as precautions against possible Syrian attack should Western powers carry out threatened strikes on Syria.

    But an Israeli official briefed on a meeting of Prime Minister...

  • For the record: Hitler did use chemical weapons, Chris Matthews

    August 28, 2013 | 9:52 am

    On Tuesday’s “Morning Joe” program on MSNBC, Chris Matthews made a declaration about the use of chemical weapons that is raising some hackles. Speaking about Syria, he said:

    If you basically put down a red line and say don’t use chemical weapons, and it’s been enforced in the...

  • Israeli military, civilians readying for possible Syria reprisals

    August 28, 2013 | 8:35 am

    Israel’s military and citizens are preparing for the repercussions of a possible military intervention on Syria by the United States and other allies.

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said his country would propose a resolution at the United Nations on Wednesday accusing the...

  • 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,...

  • Israel says it will respond with force to any attack from Syria

    August 27, 2013 | 9:03 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel was not involved in Syria's civil war, but would respond forcefully to any attempts to attack it.

    "The state of Israel is prepared for any scenario," Netanyahu said in a statement after holding security...

  • White House says it is undeniable that chemical weapons used in Syria

    August 26, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    The White House said on Monday that it is undeniable that chemical weapons were used in Syria and that there is little doubt that the Syrian government used them.

    President Barack Obama, said White House spokesman Jay Carney, is evaluating the appropriate response to the use of...

  • 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...

  • Yaalon: Israeli intervention in Syria would be counterproductive

    June 14, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Israel will not intervene in Syria in part because any such intervention would harm the side Israel favors, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    “We don’t intervene, we do not interfere,” Yaalon said Friday in Washington prior to a meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Defense...

  • U.S. concludes Assad’s forces used chemical weapons in Syria

    June 13, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons on a small scale against rebel fighters in Syria's civil war, the White House said on Thursday.

    The assessment, which followed President Barack Obama's demand for...

  • June 5, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2013 | 3:31 am

    The US

    Headline: 19 Americans convicted for pro-democracy work in Egypt

    To Read: David Kenner tells the story of a well intentioned American NGO which tried to promote democracy in Egypt (and of how it did just the opposite)-

    In an Egyptian courtroom on a sunny summer...

  • Syria’s chemical weapons program was built to counter Israel

    June 4, 2013 | 8:05 am

    Syria, defeated by Israel in three wars and afraid its arch enemy had gained a nuclear arsenal, began in earnest to build a covert chemical weapons program three decades ago, aided by its neighbors, allies and European chemical wholesalers.

    Damascus lacked the technology and...

  • Hezbollah in big Syria battle, Obama ‘concerned’

    May 20, 2013 | 4:03 pm

    Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas have fought their biggest battle yet for Syria's beleaguered president, prompting international alarm that the civil war may spread and an urgent call for restraint from the United States.

    About 30 Hezbollah fighters were killed on Sunday, Syrian...

  • Ditto

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 15, 2013 | 3:58 pm

  • U.S., Russia seek new Syria peace talks, rebels skeptical

    May 8, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were skeptical on Wednesday of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar Assad hang on to power.

    Mindful the conflict may be far from over,...

  • May 7, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 7, 2013 | 3:26 am

    The US

    Headline: Kerry meeting with Putin on Syria

    To Read: Foreign Relations Council fellow Ray Takeyh examines historical cases of successful US policy shifts and tries to understand what these usually entail-

    In essence, for the United States to move from failure to...

  • Syrian rebels increasingly frustrated

    May 6, 2013 | 11:01 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Gazing out at the rubble which was all that remained of a four story apartment complex in the city of Azaz just south of the Turkish border, 41 year old bricklayer Khalid Jaza’iri did not see much to be optimistic about. 

    “The...

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