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Syrian Vice President Predicts Stalemate for His Country’s Civil War

Syrian Vice President Predicts Stalemate for His Country’s Civil War

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Syria’s vice president says his country’s civil war is destined for stalemate with neither the rebels nor the government being able to prevail.In an interview with the Lebanese newspaper Al-Ak…

Russia Walking Back Syria Assessment

Russia Walking Back Syria Assessment

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry Friday walked back an assessment on Thursday by Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, who suggested that the Syrian rebels might win as President Assad loses his grip on power. …

US to Send Two Patriot Missiles, 400 Troops to Turkey

US to Send Two Patriot Missiles, 400 Troops to Turkey

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey) — The U.S. will send two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey to prevent rounds from Syria from crossing the border, the Pentagon announced on Friday.Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who si…

Russia Acknowledges Syrian President May Fall

Russia Acknowledges Syrian President May Fall

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the first time, Syria’s most powerful ally is acknowledging that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is cracking under the force of a strong rebellion.Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s top envoy for Midd…

Obama Supports Syrian Opposition, But Singles Out Terrorist Group

Obama Supports Syrian Opposition, But Singles Out Terrorist Group

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — The choice to label a Syrian rebel group as a terrorist organization while simultaneously recognizing the Syrian opposition as the country’s legitimate government is not a coincidence, Presi…

US Blacklists Syrian Group with Al Qaeda Ties

US Blacklists Syrian Group with Al Qaeda Ties

Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Throughout the 21-month long conflict in Syria, the U.S. has expressed concerns about the wrong people possibly hijacking the revolution to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power.On Tuesday, the Stat…

ABC News EXCLUSIVE: Obama Recognizes Syrian Opposition Group

ABC News EXCLUSIVE: Obama Recognizes Syrian Opposition Group

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — In a diplomatic shift, President Obama said Tuesday his administration now formally recognizes the newly-formed, leading coalition of Syrian rebels who are fighting to topple Syria’s embattled Pre…

Is Syria’s Chemical Weapons Threat Dying Down?

Is Syria’s Chemical Weapons Threat Dying Down?

Department of Defense Photo by Glenn Fawcett(KUWAIT CITY) — During his flight to Kuwait on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta addressed the threat of the Syrian government using chemical weapons against rebel fighters.While Panetta noted that …

Iran Alleges US Deploying Thousands of Troops to Iraq

Iran Alleges US Deploying Thousands of Troops to Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran’s Press TV is claiming that the U.S. has secretly deployed 3,000 troops in Iraq, suggesting that it might have something to do with the ongoing conflict in Syria.According to Press TV, American forces have b…

Russia Says It Will Not Seek Syrian President’s Ouster

Russia Says It Will Not Seek Syrian President’s Ouster

ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — If Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thought her meeting last week in Ireland with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss ways to resolve the civil war in Syria would prompt Moscow to push for S…

Winter Wreaks Havoc on Syrian Refugees

Winter Wreaks Havoc on Syrian Refugees

ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images(ATMA, Syria) — The Syrian Red Crescent estimates that more than two and a half million Syrians have been displaced inside the country with winter coming. Twenty-one months since the uprising began, fighting continues to r…

New Worries About Syria Prompt US and Russian Talks

New Worries About Syria Prompt US and Russian Talks

Win McNamee/Getty Images(DUBLIN) — The U.S. stepped up efforts Thursday to try and reach a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with her Russian counterpart during a human rights conference in Dublin, …

McCain Calls on Obama to Begin Preparations for Military Action in Syria

McCain Calls on Obama to Begin Preparations for Military Action in Syria

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Thursday called on President Obama to start preparing for possible military action in Syria, in light of the news that U..S intelligence agencies have detected Assad’s governm…

Angelina Jolie Visits Syrian Refugees

Angelina Jolie Visits Syrian Refugees

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie, who met with Syrian refugees in the neighboring country of Jordan in September, returned to the region this week.The United Nations’ refugee agency has announced that Jolie traveled to the Jordan-Syria…

Warning to Syria on Chemical Weapons Stemmed from Airfield Intel

Warning to Syria on Chemical Weapons Stemmed from Airfield Intel

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Alarming intelligence about Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile earlier this week had to do with the apparent loading of elements of dangerous sarin nerve gas into bombs at Syrian airfields, a senior U.S. official …

Hillary Clinton Keeps Pressure on Syria’s Assad as Rebels Make Gains

Hillary Clinton Keeps Pressure on Syria’s Assad as Rebels Make Gains

Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(BRUSSELS, Belgium) — A shift in favor of Syria’s opposition could be on the horizon in the country’s civil war, according to a U.S. official, but President Bashar al-Assad is not likely to leave anytime soon.Th…

NATO Approves Anti-Missile Batteries Along Turkish Border

NATO Approves Anti-Missile Batteries Along Turkish Border

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) — U.S.-made Patriot missiles will be deployed in strategic spots along the Turkish border in what is the first major step by NATO to deal with the possibility of the conflict in Syria widening.After conferring with the…

Rebels Blamed for Deadly Mortar Attack on Syrian School

Rebels Blamed for Deadly Mortar Attack on Syrian School

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Violence is reaching a fever pitch in Damascus and its surrounding communities as a school was struck by mortar fire on Tuesday, leaving at least 29 people dead in what the Syrian state news agency allege…

NATO to Announce Patriot Missile-Defense Along Turkish Border

NATO to Announce Patriot Missile-Defense Along Turkish Border

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) — NATO is preparing to endorse a plan Tuesday setting up Patriot missile-defense batteries along some parts of the Turkish border to protect against any incursion by Syria.The weaponry will be provided by the U.S., Ger…

Obama Warns Syria Use of Chemical Weapons ‘Totally Unacceptable’

Obama Warns Syria Use of Chemical Weapons ‘Totally Unacceptable’

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama Monday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that the use of chemical weapons by his regime would be “totally unacceptable” and that he would be “held accountab…

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