Bashar al-Assad

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, center foreground, stands with G-20 leaders during a group photo outside of the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama sets Tuesday speech; big challenges on Syria

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Beset by divisions at home and abroad, President Barack Obama candidly acknowledged deep challenges Friday in winning support for a military strike against Syria from international allies and the U.S. […]

09/06/2013

A journalist speaks on a cell phone next to a sign for the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sept. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

10 G20 nations join US in blaming Assad for attack

  ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Ten members of the Group of 20 international economies joined the United States in accusing the Syrian government of carrying a chemical weapons attack on civilians last month and […]

09/06/2013

U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks with constituents during a town hall meeting at the Burton Barr Central Library on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Crowd at McCain town hall opposes Syria action

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain faced a tough crowd largely opposed to military action in Syria during a town hall meeting Thursday in Phoenix. The Republican senator repeatedly told about 150 constituents at […]

09/05/2013

A car drives past the Constantine Palace, the venue for the G20 meeting, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The G20 summit will run from Sept. 5-6. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Syria overshadows economy as G20 leaders meet

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — They’re supposed to be talking about growth and money, but the threat of war in Syria is creeping into nearly every conversation as the leaders of the world’s 20 top […]

09/05/2013

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

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