Bashar al-Assad

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama to seek congressional OK for Syria action

WASHINGTON (AP) — Short on support at home and allies abroad, President Barack Obama unexpectedly stepped back from a missile attack against Syria on Saturday and instead asked Congress to support a strike punishing Bashar […]

08/31/2013

French President Francois Hollande, center, speaks with his ministers prior to a defense meeting on the situation in Syria. From left: foreign minister Laurent Fabius, prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Francois Hollande, defense minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and interior minister Manuel Valls. (AP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool)

Inconsistent allies: France, US mull Syria action

PARIS (AP) — If France and the United States are ever going to move beyond French opposition to the Iraq War, this could be the time. After Britain on Friday opted out of a possible […]

08/30/2013

In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, members of the UN investigation team take samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)

Obama to seek Congressional approval for military use

WASHINGTON (AP) – Delaying what had appeared to be an imminent strike, President Barack Obama says he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of […]

08/30/2013

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)

Syrians stock up ahead of feared US-led attack

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrians stocked up on bread, canned food and candles Friday as the U.S. and France prepared for a potential military strike against the Syrian government, which the West alleges used chemical […]

08/30/2013

AP graphic shows details of the Tomahawk cruise missile and a map shows range of of Syria’s air defense system.

US readies possible solo action against Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday prepared for the possibility of launching unilateral American military action against Syria within days as Britain opted out in a stunning vote by Parliament. Facing skepticism at […]

08/29/2013

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The down and dirty about nerve agents like sarin

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that a large-scale chemical weapons attack occurred in Syria. There are still many questions about chemical weapons, some of which can be answered easily and […]

08/26/2013

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: Chemical arms use in Syria an ‘obscenity’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry declared Monday that there was “undeniable” evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack in Syria, toughening the Obama administration’s criticism of Bashar Assad’s regime and outlining a […]

08/26/2013

A U.N. team that is scheduled to investigate an alleged chemical attack that killed hundreds last week in a Damascus suburb, leaves their hotel in a convoy, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.  (AP Photo)

UN says vehicle shot at by snipers near Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Snipers opened fire Monday at a U.N. vehicle carrying a team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus, a U.N. spokesman said. The Syrian government accused the rebels of […]

08/26/2013

This Aug. 21, 2013 image provided by by Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show several bodies being buried during a funeral in a suburb of Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network, File)

Syria agrees to UN probe of purported attacks

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations on Sunday to allow a U.N. team of experts to visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside Damascus, state […]

08/25/2013

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

US moves forces toward Syria, inquiry continues

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. intelligence officials are still trying to determine whether Syria’s government unleashed a deadly chemical weapons attack on its people. At the same time, the Obama administration is preparing for a possible […]

08/25/2013

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

This image provided by Shaam News Network on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show bodies of victims of an attack on Ghouta, Syria on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Shaam News Network)

Syria ally Russia urges cooperation with UN

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia on Friday added its diplomatic weight to demands for a swift probe into an alleged chemical weapons attack that has injected new vigor into calls for international military action in Syria’s […]

08/23/2013

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