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Syria Chemical Weapons

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.

UN Releases New Guidelines For Treating Victims Of Chemical Attack

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 08.27.2013 | World

GENEVA -- Responding to Syria's deepening crisis, the U.N.'s health agency rushed out new guidelines Tuesday for treating victims of chemical weapons ...

U.S. Strike In Syria Would Not Turn Tide Of War

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

By Peter Apps LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Any strike by the United States and its allies on Syria will probably aim to teach Preside...

West Tells Opposition: Syria Strike Due In Days

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Erika Solomon AMMAN/BEIRUT, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys fro...

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...

What Happens After We Bomb Syria?

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are no easy answers, and there may in fact be no good answers either. There may in fact be only bad options, struggling to define which is the worst outcome.

Hans Blix: Whether Obama in Syria or Bush in Iraq, The US Is Not the World Police

Nathan Gardels | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Nathan Gardels

The indications are certainly in the direction of the use of chemical weapons. However, we all should wait to see the report of the United Nations inspectors before action is taken. The political dynamics are running ahead of due process.

Syria Gas Attacks Target Well-Organized Rebels, Activists Say

Reuters | Posted 10.26.2013 | World

By Khaled Yacoub Oweis AMMAN, Aug 26 (Reuters) - A diplomat and activists said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had been trying for so...

Media Consensus: US Will Attack Syria

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.26.2013 | Media

There appeared to be a hardening media consensus on Monday that some form of American military intervention in Syria is all but inevitable. After S...

On the Brink of War

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

The United States is once again on the brink of war in the heart of the Middle East. While the necessity of some kind of military intervention -- if only symbolic in nature -- is now evident, the risks are enormous.

The Daily Szep -- Syria

Paul Szep | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Paul Szep


Kerry To Make Statement On Syria

AP | MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE | Posted 10.26.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration was expected Monday to toughen its criticism of Syria's alleged chemical weapons use, with Secretary of State J...

Does the 'Red Line' Apply to Syrian Rebels, Too?

Chris Ernesto | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Chris Ernesto

In recent months, fractured Syrian opposition offered little resistance to Assad's forces. Strategically, there would be no upside to Assad using nerve gas at a time when conventional weapons were sufficient in putting down the opposition.

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 ...

Britain: Syria Chemical Evidence May Already Be Gone

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

(Adds quotes, context) LONDON, Aug 25 (Reuters) - Britain said on Sunday that evidence of a chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of ...

Obama's Reluctance on Syria: 'A Grave Concern'

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 10.25.2013 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It seems almost surreal that Obama described the Syrian armed forces' alleged use of chemical weapons as a matter of "grave concern." I say "surreal" because the U.S. administration makes it seem as though it is the weapon of murder, rather than the act of murder itself, which matters.

Israel Urges U.S. Response To Syria Attack

AP | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Prominent Israeli Cabinet ministers are calling for a U.S.-led response to an alleged chemical attack in Syria last week that the pr...

Syria Says It Will Allow UN Inspectors To Visit Supposed Attack Sites

AP | LEE KEATH and RYAN LUCAS | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria agreed Sunday to a U.N. investigation into last week's alleged chemical weapons attack outside Damascus – a deal a...

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...

Al Qaeda-Linked Rebels Vow Revenge For Chemical Attacks

Reuters | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

DUBAI, Aug 25 (Reuters) - An al Qaeda-affiliated rebel commander in Syria has pledged to target communities of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Alaw...

Obama, National Security Team Meet To Discuss Syria Options

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

(Updates with White House statement after meeting ends) By Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Aug 24 (Reuters) -...

Doctors Without Borders Confirms 'Neurotoxic Symptoms' In Syrian Victims

AP | BASSEM MROUE and ALBERT AJI | Posted 10.24.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — The Syrian government accused rebels of using chemical weapons Saturday and warned the United States not to launch any militar...