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President Barack Obama speaks in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Obama plays down US intervening in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday played down the prospect of speedy U.S. intervention in Syria, stressing the difficulty of ordering military action against the Assad government without a strong international coalition and […]

08/23/2013

Syrian President Bashar Assad

Assad praises Egypt revolt against president

BEIRUT (AP) – Syria’s embattled president on Wednesday praised Egypt’s protests against their leader and said his overthrow by the military means the end of “political Islam.” President Bashar Assad, who is seeking to crush […]

07/03/2013

US President Barack Obama (l) and President of Syria Bashar Assad. (AP Photo)

US war games send signal to Assad

ZARQA, Jordan (AP) — Under the watchful eye of stern-faced American advisers, hundreds of U.S.-trained Jordanian commandos fanned across this dusty desert plain, holding war games that could eventually form the basis of an assault […]

06/18/2013

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Obama steps up military aid to Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type and […]

06/14/2013

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Israeli airstrikes prompt threats, anger in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Israel rushed to beef up its rocket defenses on its northern border Sunday to shield against possible retaliation after carrying out two airstrikes in Syria over 48 hours — an unprecedented escalation […]

05/05/2013

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A look at reasons for Israeli airstrikes in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A look at the reasons for and possible implications of the escalation of Israel’s involvement in Syria’s civil war. WHY NOW? Israel has said repeatedly it does not want to get dragged […]

05/05/2013

US President Barack Obama (l) and President of Syria Bashar Assad. (AP Photo)

Obama hints at potential military action in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signaled Tuesday he would consider U.S. military action against Syria if “hard, effective evidence” is found to bolster intelligence that chemical weapons have been used in the 2-year-old civil war.

04/30/2013

Fire fighters at scene of car bomb, Damascus, Syria, Syrian official news agency SANA photo. (AP Photo)

Bomb tears through Damascus, killing 14 people

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A powerful bomb ripped through a bustling commercial district of Damascus on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people, shattering store fronts and bringing Syria’s civil war to the heart of the capital for the second consecutive day.

04/30/2013

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Syrian premier escapes bomb attack in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s prime minister escaped a brazen assassination attempt Monday when a bomb exploded near his convoy in Damascus, state media reported, in the latest attack to target a top official in President Bashar Assad’s regime.

04/29/2013

Syrian President Bashar Assad

List of major assassination attempts in Syria’s conflict

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition forces have targeted government officials, army and police officers and civil servants in their campaign to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime.

04/29/2013

Kremlin, Moscow

Russia acknowledges Assad losing control

MOSCOW (AP) – ITAR-Tass news agency is quoting Russia’s deputy foreign minister as saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad is increasingly losing control and the opposition may win.

12/13/2012

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