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Chemical Weapon Use in Syria Challenges Obama’s ‘Red Line’

Chemical Weapon Use in Syria Challenges Obama’s ‘Red Line’

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Pressure is mounting for the Obama administration to act after obtaining evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people, an act that crossed what Obama had previously called &l…

Evidence of Chemical Weapons in Aleppo

Evidence of Chemical Weapons in Aleppo

DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images(ALEPPO, Syria) — Lying in a hospital bed north of Aleppo in Afrin, Yasser hasn’t been told that his wife and children are dead, as his doctors don’t think he can handle the shock in his fragile state.  His home wa…

Senior Cleric Killed in Damascus Suicide Bombing

Senior Cleric Killed in Damascus Suicide Bombing

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — A deadly suicide bombing inside a Damascus mosque on Thursday killed senior cleric Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti, one of the most notable Sunni supporters of the current regime.According to the New York Times…

UN to Investigate Possible Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

UN to Investigate Possible Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

ABC News(ALEPPO, Syria) — U.S. officials do not believe that chemical weapons were used in Tuesday’s attack in Aleppo, Syria. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon announced on Thursday that the U.N. will investigate possible use of chemical weapons in t…

Report: Syrian Children Deeply Affected by Conflict

Report: Syrian Children Deeply Affected by Conflict

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(AMMAN, Jordan) — “Childhood Under Fire” may unfortunately be a very appropriate title for a report about what is happening to the youngest victims of Syria’s two-year conflict.According to statistics compiled by the chari…

US Intelligence Chief Warns of Desperation Moves by Syria

US Intelligence Chief Warns of Desperation Moves by Syria

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. director of national intelligence warned on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may be preparing to use chemical weapons in a last-ditch effort to hold onto power.James Clapper told the Senate …

UN Group Says Syria Using Militia to Incite Sectarian Warfare

UN Group Says Syria Using Militia to Incite Sectarian Warfare

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(GENEVA) — A United Nations inquiry team has charged that the Syrian government is staging sectarian warfare by utilizing local militias called Popular Committees.In a statement Monday, commission head Paulo Pinheiro declare…

Britain to Provide Armored Vehicles to Syrian Rebels

Britain to Provide Armored Vehicles to Syrian Rebels

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(LONDON) — While stopping short of offering weapons, Britain has announced its intention to provide non-lethal support to the rebels battling government forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.The millions of dollars’ wor…

Syrian Rebels Detain Twenty UN Peacekepers

Syrian Rebels Detain Twenty UN Peacekepers

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(JAMLAH, Syria) — Twenty U.N. peacekeepers on the Syrian side of Golan Heights have been detained by a group of armed rebel fighters, the United Nations said today.A spokeswoman for Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said in a statement…

One Million Syrians Have Fled Country, UN Says

One Million Syrians Have Fled Country, UN Says

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(GENEVA) — As expected, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Wednesday that the number of Syrians who have fled the country, which has been embroiled in a bloody two-year civ…

President Assad: Only the Syrian People Can Tell Me to Step Down

President Assad: Only the Syrian People Can Tell Me to Step Down

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(LONDON) — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is rejecting calls from many members of the international community that he should step down to facilitate the end of a bloody two-year civil war in his country that has cost more…

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Warns of ‘Unmanagable Crisis’ in Syria

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Warns of ‘Unmanagable Crisis’ in Syria

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The UN High Commission on Refugees chief António Guterres spoke to the UN Security Council on Wednesday and warned that a “moment of truth” was approaching in Syria.
Noting that the refugee …

US to Send Direct Aid to Syrian Rebels

US to Send Direct Aid to Syrian Rebels

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(ROME) — For the first time, the United States will provide direct support to Syrian rebel fighters, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Thursday.”I am proud to announce that the United States of America will be provi…

Syrians in Exile Can Have Passports Renewed

Syrians in Exile Can Have Passports Renewed

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Millions of Syrians living abroad have also been affected by the two-year conflict going on in their homeland.Since the violence started, the expatriates have been unable to have their passports renewed…

US Says Iraq Looking the Other Way as Iran Ships Weapons to Syria

US Says Iraq Looking the Other Way as Iran Ships Weapons to Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. is losing patience with Baghdad for allegedly permitting Iran to use its airspace for flights to Syria.An unidentified American official complained that Iranians are supplying weapons to government forces in…

Obama Administration Expected to Directly Aid Syria’s Rebels

Obama Administration Expected to Directly Aid Syria’s Rebels

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(ROME) — Secretary of State John Kerry will meet on Thursday with leaders of Syria’s opposition council and other nations that have been supporting the opposition at the Friends of Syria meeting in Rome. The outcome of…

Former Gen. Cartwright Says US Should Be Wary of North Africa

Former Gen. Cartwright Says US Should Be Wary of North Africa

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — While John Kerry is making Syria the focus of his first international trip, the newly-minted secretary of state has likely already discovered that Syria is only one among many volatile situations around the w…

John Kerry and Russian Counterpart Discuss Syrian Conflict

John Kerry and Russian Counterpart Discuss Syrian Conflict

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(BERLIN) — Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Berlin on Tuesday regarding the conflict in Syria.Washington and Moscow have long been at odds at how to best end the two-year…

Syrian Refugees Flood Lebanon to Escape Civil War

Syrian Refugees Flood Lebanon to Escape Civil War

ABC NewsBy Bob Woodruff
(NEW YORK) — With no safe haven, more than 1,200 Syrian refugees pour into Lebanon daily. Most of them are mothers and children with no idea where they will live. Because there are no refugee camps in Lebanon, the government is…

Al-Assad Shows Willingness to Talk Directly with Armed Opposition

Al-Assad Shows Willingness to Talk Directly with Armed Opposition

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — There were a couple of key developments on Monday that could finally put Syria on the path to ending the bloody two-year conflict that has cost more than 70,000 lives and threatens to further destabilize the Midd…

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