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Syria Crisis

Kerry: 1,426 People Killed In Chemical Attack

Posted 08.30.2013 | World

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement on Friday that U.S. intelligence concluded with 'high confidence' that the Assad regime in Syri...

Cowboy Redux: Obama Risks Return to Bush Mode in Syria

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Peter S. Goodman

Only those who have forgotten how the United States and its allies wound up in a catastrophic war in Iraq could now charge toward military confrontation with Syria, absent a clear and credible annunciation of the intelligence that supposedly ties Bashar Assad's government to the chemical weapons attack, and without an agreed upon plan for how to handle the potential repercussions.

Syria and the President's Credibility Problem

Russell Korobkin | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Russell Korobkin

The president's only hope of shaping the behavior of a nation like Syria with threats of potential military action is by pledging American credibility in future diplomatic encounters as collateral for the threats.

U.S. To Release Syria Intelligence Today

Reuters | Posted 10.30.2013 | World

WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The White House plans on Friday to release an unclassified version of an intelligence assessment of a chemical weapon...

Syrian Activist Who Filmed Atrocities Paid With Their Lives

Foreign Policy | David Kenner | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

Syrian activists took the YouTube videos that dragged America to the brink of war -- and then paid with their lives....

Syria's Idyllic Beach Town Flourishes Despite War

AP | YASMINE SAKER | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

TARTOUS, Syria -- In this picturesque coastal city fiercely loyal to President Bashar Assad, beaches are dotted with swimmers, cafes are filled with S...

Syrian Bomb Victims 'Like The Walking Dead'

BBC News | Ian Pannell | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

A BBC team inside Syria filming for Panorama has witnessed the aftermath of a fresh horrific incident - an incendiary bomb dropped on to a school play...

White House Considering Solo Syria Strike

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday prepared for the possibility of launching unilateral American military action against Syria with...

Syria: Law and Legitimacy

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Jonathan Granoff

The legal hurdles to a reasonable course of action are not as high as the political ones. However, advancing world security through the rule of law will provide much greater benefit than short term political posturing that does little to stop the brutality the people of Syria are experiencing.

Cameron Loses Parliamentary Vote On Syria Action

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2013 | World

(Recasts, adds Cameron quotes) LONDON, Aug 29 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vital parliamentary vote on Thur...

Syria: Stop, Look and Listen

Richard Klass | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Richard Klass

We have seen this movie before and the ending is not pretty. And this time there is no Congressional authorization or U.N. fig leaf.

Getting Off the Wheel of Misfortune: US Policy and Syrian Suffering

Lisa Schirch | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Lisa Schirch

Syria is yet another tragedy where the U.S. has no good options, and this is partly a result of its own inconsistent and contradictory policy and goals. Ending violence in Syria requires a long-term solution. There just isn't any quick fix.

Red Cross: Military Escalation In Syria Will Worsen Civilians' Suffering

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2013 | World

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Any escalation of the Syrian crisis following an apparent chemical weapons attack will worsen suffering of civilians that ...

Leadership 101 for U.S. Intervention in Syria

David Peck | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
David Peck

It's worse than deja vu -- it's as if we're deliberately TRYING to repeat our past mistakes and hoping for different results. Insanity.

Ban Ki-moon Pleads For More Time To Conduct Syria Probe

AP | Posted 10.29.2013 | World

VIENNA — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that U.N. experts seeking to collect evidence from an apparent chemical attack in Syri...

Intelligence On Chemical Weapons Is No 'Slam Dunk'

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER and MATT APUZZO | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack is no "slam dunk," with...

Obama: U.S. Concluded Syrian Government Behind Chemical Weapons Attack

AP | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says the U.S. has concluded that the Syrian government carried out a large-scale chemical weapons attack against ...

Russia Dismisses Britain's Syria Resolution

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2013 | World

MOSCOW, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Britain on Wednesday that the U.N. Security Council should not consider a d...

Peter S. Goodman

Where The World Stands On A Military Strike In Syria | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 08.28.2013 | World

As the world absorbs the likely prospect of a multinational military strike on Syria, governments and citizens around the globe are warily debating th...

MAP: Possible Targets In Syria

The Washington Post | Gene Thorp, Anup Kaphle and Darla Cameron | Posted 08.28.2013 | World

Since the suspected use of chemical weapons in Ghouta last week, the United States has made moves that make a strike on Syria's military more probable...

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...

All Is Not Lost for Obama in Egypt and Syria

Saad Khan | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Saad Khan

The time to get on right side of the fence has not passed yet and the Obama administration could save future embarrassment by choosing the right path.

Activists Claim Assad's Forces Dropped Phosphorus Bombs Near Aleppo

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2013 | World

ISTANBUL, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Syria's opposition coalition said on Tuesday President Bashar al-Assad's forces had dropped phosphorus bombs and napalm...