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  • Historic Damascus synagogue destroyed

    May 27, 2014 | 4:06 pm

    Syrian army forces destroyed a historic synagogue on the outskirts of Damascus, opposition leaders said.

    In flattening the more than 400-year-old Eliyahu Hanabi Synagogue in an attack over the weekend — part of a months-long bombardment of the suburb of Jobar — opposition leaders...

  • Israel backs Syrian opposition accusations of poison attack

    April 7, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Israel Radio said on Monday that Israel has evidence backing Syrian opposition accusations that forces loyal to President Bashar Assad had used non-lethal chemical weapons in Damascus last month.

    The report quoted an unidentified senior Israeli defense official as saying there...

  • Syria’s chemical weapons: decades to build, years to destroy

    September 11, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    If Saddam Hussein's Iraq is anything to go by, destroying Syria's massive chemical weapons arsenal will mean checking dozens of far-flung sites in a war zone while the government employs delaying tactics to hide the banned munitions, an expert involved in past U.N. disarmament...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Israelis line up for gas masks over Syria war fears

    August 26, 2013 | 10:21 am

    Thousands of Israelis are lining up for gas masks or ordering them by phone, spurred on by fears that any Western military response to last week's alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria could ensnare their own country in war.

    Western powers are considering military action to...

  • 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...

  • June 11, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 11, 2013 | 3:31 am

    The US

    Headline: Kerry postpones Mideast visit: U.S. official

    To Read: Sarah Posner writes about a right wing women's organization which exploits 'pro-Israel' sentiments for anti Obama rallying (and about Jennifer Rubin who endorses them)-

     The Washington Post’s...

  • Syria has advanced missiles from Russia, Assad says

    May 30, 2013 | 7:10 am

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Russia has delivered an advanced air defense system to his civil war-torn country.

    Assad reportedly made the announcement during an interview with the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar television network in Lebanon. Excerpts of the interview were...

  • Assad and Nasrallah threaten new front line in Golan

    May 10, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Threats from Damascus and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah to turn the Golan Heights into a "resistance front" against Israel could end nearly four decades of calm across the increasingly tense cease-fire line separating Israeli and Syrian forces.

    President Bashar al-Assad, and his...

  • 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,...

  • Syrian wake-up

    By Rob Eshman

    May 8, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Yes, America, we’ve heard: You’re war-weary.

    It’s at least something our divided country can agree upon: Americans across party lines oppose sending troops, weapons or air support to the rebel fighters in Syria. “War-weary Nation Wary of Syria,” the centrist Washington Post...

  • Few options for Syria’s Assad to strike back after Israeli raids

    May 6, 2013 | 10:44 am

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has few good options for military retaliation after Israel's air strikes over the weekend but the attacks could redouble support from his regional allies Iran and Hezbollah.

    Assad, already battling rebel fighters who have seized large parts of his...

  • Israel to Assad: Air strikes did not aim to help Syria rebels

    May 6, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Israel sought to persuade Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that its recent air strikes around Damascus did not aim to weaken him in the face of a more than two-year-old rebellion.

    Officials say Israel is reluctant to take sides in Syria's civil war for fear its actions...

  • Israel strikes Syria, says its targeting Hezbollah arms

    May 5, 2013 | 5:06 pm

    Israeli jets devastated Syrian targets near Damascus on Sunday in a heavy overnight air raid that Western and Israeli officials called a new strike on Iranian missiles bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah.

    As Syria's two-year-old civil war veered into the potentially atomic arena of...

  • Israel’s security cabinet meets on Syria

    April 29, 2013 | 7:40 am

    Israel's security cabinet met to discuss the situation in Syria.

    Sunday evening's meeting was the first discussion by senior government ministers about the situation in Syria, and the first meeting on the subject since the new government was sworn in.

    The meeting discussed...

  • White House: Evidence Syria used chemical arms not ‘airtight’

    April 26, 2013 | 9:38 am

    The White House said on Friday it was continuing to study evidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons and would not set a timetable for corroborating reports.

    "I'm not going to set a timeline, because the facts need to be what drives this investigation, not a...

  • White House: U.S. intelligence community believes Syria used chemical weapons

    April 26, 2013 | 7:38 am

    The U.S. intelligence community believes Syria used chemical weapons on anti-government rebels.

    The White House on Thursday informed Congress that intelligence shows that Syrian President Bashar Assad ordered government troops to use sarin gas against the rebels.

    "Our...

  • Syria says it would not use chemical arms, even against Israel

    April 24, 2013 | 9:29 am

    Damascus will not use chemical weapons against its own citizens, or in the event of war with its neighbor Israel, Syria's Information Minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

    A senior Israeli intelligence officer said on Tuesday that Syrian government forces had used chemical...

  • Israeli intelligence: Syria used chemical weapons

    April 23, 2013 | 8:04 am

    Syrian forces have used chemical weapons against rebel forces and civilians, the head of Israel's military research said.

    The weapon likely is sarin-based, which targets the nervous system and can cause paralysis or death, Brig. Gen Itai Baron, the head of the Israel Defense...

  • Syrian withdrawal from Golan alarms Israel

    April 8, 2013 | 11:39 am

    The Syrian government has reportedly withdrawn thousands of troops near the buffer zone between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights, leaving a power vacuum that Israel is concerned could be filled with jihadist forces ready to turn their guns on the Jewish state.

    Syria has...

  • April 5, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 5, 2013 | 3:28 am

    The US

    Headline: World powers expect ‘concrete’ response from Iran: U.S.

    To Read: A new Atlantic council panel report stresses the importance of the White House engaging the Iranian people:

    Simultaneous with steps to resolve the nuclear dispute, the United States should...

  • Ancient Syrian synagogue hit by looting, shelling

    April 1, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Theft and shelling have damaged a 2,000 year-old synagogue in Damascus, one of the oldest in the world, Syrian government and opposition activist sources said on Monday.

    Syria's historic monuments have increasingly become a casualty of the civil war has killed more than 70,000...

  • Historic Damascus synagogue looted and burned

    March 31, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus was looted and burned to the ground.

    The Syrian army loyal to President Bashar Assad and rebel forces are blaming each other for the destruction of the historic synagogue, according to reports on Sunday.

    The...

  • Israeli general: Israel could withstand Syrian chemical weapons

    March 29, 2013 | 5:12 am

    Israel could withstand any attack involving Syrian chemical weapons, an Israeli general said on Friday, adding it was improbable that Damascus would order such a strike.

    The fate of Syria's reputed chemical arsenal is a focus of international concern. Israel has threatened to go...

  • U.N. curbs Golan patrols after peacekeepers seized, diplomats say

    March 14, 2013 | 7:54 am

    U.N. peacekeepers monitoring the ceasefire line between Syria and the Israel's Golan Heights have scaled back patrols after rebels detained 21 Filipino observers for three days last week, diplomats said on Thursday.

    The seizure of the unarmed observers highlighted the...

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