Bashar al-Assad

This May 13, 2013 file photo shows a Mi-17 helicopter, used by the Afghan Air Force sitting on Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall, File)

Pentagon ending buys of Russian-made helicopters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department said Wednesday it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military forces with arms and […]

11/13/2013

This citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrians search under rubble to rescue people from houses that were destroyed by a Syrian government warplane, in Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. ( AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

Watchdog: More than 120,000 killed in Syria war

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian activist group says more than 120,000 people have been killed since the start of the country’s civil war nearly three years ago. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which […]

10/31/2013

In this photo released by UNICEF, a health worker administers polio vaccine to a child as part of a UNICEF-supported vaccination campaign at the Abou Dhar Al Ghifari Primary Health Care Center in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/UNICEF, Omar Sanadiki)

UN officials confirm polio outbreak in north Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The U.N. confirmed an outbreak of polio in Syria for the first time in over a decade on Tuesday, warning the disease threatens to spread among an estimated half-million children who […]

10/29/2013

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Links used in Obama Twitter account hacked

WASHINGTON (AP) — A nonprofit political advocacy group which emanated from President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign says hackers altered the links contained in tweets sent under his name. An official with Organizing for Action said […]

10/28/2013

A convoy of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons prepares to cross into Syria at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa, eastern Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Weapons experts begin Syria mission amid clashes

BEIRUT (AP) — As deadly clashes raged on the edge of Damascus, international inspectors left their hotel on Wednesday to start work on the task of destroying Syria’s chemical arsenal under the tightest of deadlines […]

10/02/2013

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens gather at the scene of a car bomb explosion in the residential al-Tadhamon neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Syrian state media say a car bomb has exploded in Damascus, killing and wounding a dozen people. Damascus has been hit by a wave of explosions over the past leaving scores of people dead. (AP Photo/SANA)

Mass starvation feared in Syria; ‘We have no food’

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition groups and international relief organizations are warning of the risk of mass starvation across the country, especially in the besieged Damascus suburbs where a gas attack killed hundreds last month. […]

09/24/2013

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a press conference, following a meeting Syria on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

UN confirms chemical weapons used in Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Careful not to blame either side for a deadly chemical weapon attack, U.N. inspectors reported Monday that rockets loaded with the nerve agent sarin had been fired from an area where […]

09/16/2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, right, during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Saturday Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone,Martial Trezzini)

US-Russia reach agreement on Syria weapons

GENEVA (AP) — After days of intense negotiations, the United States and Russia reached agreement Saturday on a framework to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons by mid-2014 and impose U.N. penalties if the Assad […]

09/14/2013

In this citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, anti-Syrian regime protesters hold a placard as they pose for a photograph during a demonstration in Kafr Nabil town, Idlib province, northern Syria, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN)

Syrian rebels skeptical of chemical weapons deal

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s main opposition group in exile was “deeply skeptical” Friday about Damascus signing an international treaty banning the production and use of chemical weapons, saying a U.N. resolution was needed to enforce […]

09/13/2013

In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian government solider walks during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters, not pictured, in Maaloula village, northeast of the capital Damascus, Syria. Heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels flared again on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 in the ancient, predominantly Christian village of Maaloula. Troops are trying to flush out rebel units, including two that are linked to al-Qaida, from the hilltop enclave which they broke into last week. (AP Photo/SANA)

Assad says Syria will offer data on chemical weapons

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad publicly agreed Thursday to a Russian plan to secure and destroy his chemical weapons, but said the proposal would work only if the U.S. halts threats of threats […]

09/12/2013

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