Bashar Assad

This Aug. 21, 2013 file photo shows a Syrian military soldier holding his AK-47 with a sticker of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, "Syria is fine," as he stands guard at a check point in Damascus, Syria. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition, as the U.S. grapples for a way to stem a civil war that […]

06/26/2014

In this Tuesday, May 13, 2014 file photo, signs reading "Toxic" are seen on the containers carrying Syria's dangerous chemical weapons aboard the Danish cargo ship, Ark Futura, transporting the chemical weapons out of the strife-torn country, in Cyprus coastal waters. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons director general Ahmet Uzumcu said Monday, June 23, 2014, the final shipment of stockpiled chemical weapons has been loaded onto Danish and Norwegian ships for transportation out of Syria. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias, File)

Syria hands over last of declared chemical weapons

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Syria on Monday handed over to Western governments the last of the chemical weapons stockpile that it has acknowledged having, although doubts remain about whether all toxic weapons have truly been […]

06/23/2014

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

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)

White House: ‘Common-sense test’ holds Assad responsible

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says a “common-sense test” shows that the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack last month, and it demands a U.S. military response. White House chief of […]

09/08/2013

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: Syrian videos make case for military action

PARIS (AP) – Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration is distributing videos showing a chemical weapons attack in Syria to help convince Americans and Congress that a military intervention against the Syrian […]

09/08/2013