Bashar al-Assad

Syrian refugees wait before boarding a flight to Germany for temporary relocation, at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, on Sept. 11, 2013. The group of 107 refugees are the first to be relocated under a German program to give up to 5,000 highly vulnerable Syrian refugees temporary new homes. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Syrian opposition forces feel let down by Obama

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition forces feel let down and more divided than ever because of President Barack Obama’s decision to seek a diplomatic path to disarming Damascus of its chemical weapons. Many rebels who […]

09/11/2013

U.S. President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Text of President Obama’s speech on Syria

Text of President Barack Obama’s speech on Syria, as provided by the Federal News Service: My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria, why it matters and where we go from […]

09/11/2013

In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, PBS host Charlie Rose, left, interviews Syrian President Bashar Assad at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. In an interview broadcast Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 on "CBS This Morning." (AP Photo/SANA)

CBS News says it almost gave up on Assad interview

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News had essentially given up its pursuit of Syrian President Bashar Assad for an interview because he would not agree to go on “60 Minutes,” until Charlie Rose suggested airing […]

09/10/2013

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks to the media in Moscow, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.  (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Syria accepts weapons plan, strike momentum eases

BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad’s government on Tuesday accepted a Russian plan to turn over its chemical weapons stockpile as momentum mounted for a proposal that could avert American strikes against the regime. The […]

09/10/2013

A woman holds up a picture of Syrian President Bashar Assad as protesters gather to condemn possible U.S. military action in Syria during a rally in Union Square, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in New York.  President Barack Obama has called on Congress to approve the use of military force in the wake of a deadly chemical weapons attack his administration blames on the Syrian government. The first votes on the measure could come Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

AP poll: Most Americans oppose strike on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only 1 in 5 Americans believe that failing to respond to chemical weapons attacks in Syria would embolden other rogue governments, rejecting the heart of a weeks-long White House campaign for U.S. […]

09/09/2013

In this March 2008 file photo, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, left, clasps hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, during the opening session of the Arab Summit in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Syria’s Assad: An accidental heir proves resilient

BEIRUT (AP) — Those who knew Bashar Assad in earlier days say he was uncomfortable being the son of a president and never wanted to lead. A soft-spoken, lisping eye doctor, he enjoyed Western rock […]

09/09/2013

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks about Syria, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House Complex in Washington, during a the White House Forum to Combat Wildlife Trafficking. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Clinton endorses Obama effort to punish Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed President Barack Obama’s attempt to win congressional approval of a military strike in Syria, saying Monday that any move by the Assad regime to […]

09/09/2013

In this frame grab from video taken Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, and provided by "CBS This Morning," Syrian President Bashar Assad responds to a question from journalist Charlie Rose during an interview in Damascus, Syria. Assad warned in the interview broadcast Monday on CBS there will be retaliation against the U.S. for any military strike launched in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack. Assad said, "You should expect everything." (AP Photo/CBS This Morning)

Assad warns of repercussions for a US strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad is warning the U.S. of repercussions if it launches a military attack against him, as the Obama administration tries to convince a wary Congress to authorize a strike […]

09/09/2013

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, about the situation in Syria. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Kerry reasserts Syria charge despite Assad denial

LONDON (AP) – Secretary of State John Kerry says Syria’s President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding a chemical weapons attack simply by turning over “every single bit” of his weapons stock to the […]

09/09/2013

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Germany joins US in blaming Assad for attack

BERLIN (AP) – Germany has joined the United States and ten other members of the Group of 20 biggest economies in blaming the Syrian government for a chemical attack against civilians last month. Germany had […]

09/07/2013

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