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Russia To Withdraw Personnel From Syria Naval Base

Reuters | Steve Gutterman | Posted 08.28.2013 | World

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Russia is preparing to withdraw personnel from its naval maintenance and supply facility on Syria's M...

UN: Evidence Suggests Some Chemical 'Substance' Was Used In Syria Attack

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 10.28.2013 | World

GENEVA — Evidence suggests that some kind of "substance" was used in Syria that may have killed more than 1,000 people, but any military strike ...

Obama: U.S. Concludes Syrian Gov. Is Behind Chemical Weapons

AP | DEB RIECHMANN and KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared unequivocally that the United States has "concluded" that the Syrian government carrie...

Ban Ki-moon: Weapons Inspectors In Syria Need Time To Complete Probe

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

THE HAGUE, Aug 28 (Reuters) - United Nations inspectors should be given time to determine whether forces have used chemical weapons in Syria's civil...

On Bombing Syria

George Kenney | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
George Kenney

Such an action could only be taken in the certain knowledge that by increasing the tempo of the civil war in Syria we would dramatically increase the suffering of millions of innocent Syrian civilians.

France 'Ready To Punish' Syria Over Gas Attack

AP | SYLVIE CORBET | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

PARIS -- French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that his country is prepared to take action against those responsible for gassing people in S...

In Syria, Costs of Escalation Remain High

Ryan Costello | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Ryan Costello

Instead of heading into Syria guns blazing, the Obama administration should use new leverage for action to galvanize multilateral diplomacy to de-escalate the conflict and facilitate a transfer of power. There is reason to believe such an effort could bear fruit.

Syria Vows To Defend Itself Using 'All Means Available' In Case Of U.S. Strike

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

By ALBERT AJI, The Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria's foreign minister said Tuesday his country would defend itself using "all means ...

Syria Accuses John Kerry Of Lying

AP | ALBERT AJI | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

By ALBERT AJI, The Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria on Tuesday said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was lying when he stated there...

UN Inspectors Probe Allegations Of Chemical Attack In Syria

AP | LEE KEATH and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 10.26.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — U.N. experts collected samples and testimony from Syrian doctors and victims of an alleged chemical weapons attack Monday foll...

Power: Assad Has Used Chemical Weapons

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

In a tweet posted Monday evening, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said that chemical weapons are devastating Syrian civilians, cl...

Assad: Syrian Troops Did Not Use Chemical Weapons

AP | LEE KEATH and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

MOSCOW (AP) - Syrian President Bashar Assad said his troops did not use chemical weapons in an attack on a rebel-held suburb in a Damascus last week ...

U.S. Official: 'Very Little Doubt' About Syria Chemical Attack

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- A senior administration official says there is "very little doubt" that a chemical weapon was used by the Syrian regime against civilian...

Assad's Government: A U.S. Attack Would Send Middle East Up In Flames

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

* Syria says US intervention would be "no picnic" * Iran warns of severe consequences * Syria suggests access will not be granted to chemical at...

Assad's Government: A U.S. Attack Would Send Middle East Up In Flames

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Syria warned the United States against any military action over a suspected chemical weapons attack in ...

WATCH: President Obama 'Cautious' And 'Predictable' On Syria Red Line

Huffington Post | Posted 08.24.2013 | World

Steve Clemons, Washington Editor for The Atlantic, joined HuffPost Live's WorldBrief with Ahmed Shihab-Eldin Friday to discuss the situation in Syria ...

Compassion Fatigue About Syria... Already?

Susan Moeller | Posted 10.23.2013 | Media
Susan Moeller

Today the news is moving beyond the photos from Syria. Other events and issues clamor for our attention, including stories and questions about possible humanitarian abuses on all sides of the Syrian conflict. But let us fight against compassion fatigue.

The Syrian Kurds: A Key Element in the Syrian Conflict

Delovan Barwari | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Delovan Barwari

The secular and democratic-leaning elements of the Syrian opposition, including the Kurds, should be supported and the rights of the ethnic and religious minorities must be guaranteed in the post Assad era, as it is the key for the stability of the entire region.

Assad Orders Airstrikes To Defend Home Province

Reuters | Posted 10.10.2013 | World

By Oliver Holmes BEIRUT, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Warplanes bombed a village in Syria's north overnight in an apparent effort by President ...

No to War As an Entitlement in Syria -- or Anywhere Else

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Obama administration policy toward Syria is a slow train wreck. Unremitting pressure from war-minded elites is pushing President Barack Obama closer to military intervention in the bloody civil war. Yet getting involved would be a fool's errand.

Assad Shown Unharmed After Rebels Report Attack

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2013 | World

AMMAN, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said on Thursday they targeted President Bashar al-Assad's motorcade heading to a Damascus mosque to mark the...

62 Rebels Killed In Clashes With Syrian Army

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2013 | World

BEIRUT, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Sixty-two rebel fighters were killed in a Syrian army ambush at dawn on Wednesday near the town of Adra, east of Damascus,...

Assad and the Road to al Qaeda

Michael Kay | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
Michael Kay

In attempting to ameliorate the situation in Syria, we must look to Iraq, which offers crucial clues on what might or might not be a feasible solution.

How Arming Syrian Rebels Will Backfire (See Libya, Afghanistan)

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Arming the enemies of our enemies hasn't made the U.S. more friends; it has made the U.S. more enemies. That is why only a diplomatic solution can stop the bloodshed.

LOOK: According To Assad's Instagram, Everything's Just Peachy In Syria

The Huffington Post | Kavitha A. Davidson | Posted 08.02.2013 | World

Want an inside glimpse into the mind of one of the world's most embattled leaders? Look no further: Bashar al-Assad has joined Instagram. It seems ...