Bashar al-Assad

This Aug. 25, 2013 photo shows black columns of smoke rising from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood in East of Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

US spies missed signs of Aug. 21 Syrian WMD Strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact, U.S. […]

09/04/2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama: Congress, world credibility on line

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an impassioned appeal for support both at home and abroad, President Barack Obama said Wednesday the credibility of the international community and Congress is on the line in the debate over […]

09/04/2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens as President Barack Obama speaks to media, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, before a meeting with between the president and Congressional leaders to discuss the situation in Syria. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama gains Boehner’s support for Syria strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama won critical support from House Speaker John Boehner for a punitive strike against Syria on Tuesday and dispatched senior Cabinet officials to persuade Congress that Bashar Assad’s government must […]

09/03/2013

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)

Syria is said to be hiding weapons, moving troops

BEIRUT (AP) — As the Obama administration tries to prod Congress into backing armed action against Syria, the regime in Damascus is hiding military hardware and shifting troops out of bases into civilian areas. Politically, […]

09/03/2013

An Arrow missile being launched at an undisclosed location in Israel on Dec. 2, 2005. (AP Photo/Israel Aircraft Industries, File)

With eye on Syria, Israel tests missiles with US

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and the U.S. conducted a joint missile test over the Mediterranean on Tuesday, in a display of military prowess as the Obama administration seeks congressional support for strikes against the regime […]

09/03/2013

President Barack Obama makes a statement about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama seeks support for Syria strike at G-20

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing roadblocks at home and abroad, President Barack Obama this week plans to urge reluctant world leaders to back an American-led strike against Syria even though the prospects for military action depend […]

09/03/2013

President Barack Obama arrives to deliver remarks about the crisis in Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In first major test, Obama overrules new team

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy advisers, the first test of their willingness to undertake military action wound up being a stark lesson in the president’s ability to overrule them all. […]

09/02/2013

In this photo provided by CBS News, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks about the U.S. response to Syria on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

Obama seeks Syria support from former foe McCain

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama, seeking a congressional endorsement for U.S. military intervention in civil war-wracked Syria, is inviting two leading Capitol Hill foreign policy hawks to the White House in efforts to sell […]

09/02/2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at Queen Alia International Airport on Friday,  July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

US seeks Congress’ OK for action citing sarin use

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration geared up for the biggest foreign policy vote since the Iraq war by arguing Sunday that new physical evidence shows the Syrian government used sarin gas in a deadly […]

09/01/2013

A US Air Force plane takes off as a Turkish Air Force fighter jet  taxis at the Incirlik airbase, southern Turkey, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Syrian opposition urges US Congress to vote ‘yes’

ISTANBUL (AP) — Syria’s opposition urged the U.S. Congress on Sunday to approve military action against President Bashar Assad, saying the legislators must make it clear that the use of chemical weapons will be punished […]

09/01/2013

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: US has evidence sarin gas was used in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry asserted Sunday that the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and said “the case gets stronger by the day” for a military […]

09/01/2013

President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, talks about the crisis in Syria to media gathered in the Rose Garden of the White House Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

France to await US congressional decision on Syria

PARIS (AP) — France will wait for its parliament and the U.S. Congress to consider possible military action on Syria before making a decision about whether to launch strikes against Bashar Assad’s regime, President Francois […]

08/31/2013

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