Syria

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

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., center, Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Dems change the subject: Look, over there, a messy budget fight!

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pressure off for now on Syria, Democrats are eager to return to Washington’s regularly scheduled gridlock. Pitched debates loom on the government’s budget and its debt — never flattering endeavors that […]

09/11/2013

In this Dec. 19, 2006 photo, Vladimir Putin, Russian President, right, and his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad smile as they shake hands in Moscow's Kremlin. (AP photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press service, File)

Russia re-emerges as Mideast player

With a few days’ worth of surprise diplomacy, Vladimir Putin has revived memories of an era many thought was long gone, when Washington and Moscow jostled for influence while others looked on. Whatever happens with […]

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

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)

Talking diplomacy in Syria, Obama goes to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing military might and hoping it won’t be needed, President Barack Obama angled to end the impasse over Syria on Tuesday by pressing his case for U.S. airstrikes against Bashar Assad’s regime […]

09/10/2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, walks to join GOP House members for a caucus meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner skeptical of Syrian offer on weapons

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he is skeptical of Syria’s offer to turn over chemical weapons to international monitors but said President Barack Obama has not yet sold the American people on […]

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

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, arrive for a closed-door intelligence briefing with members of the House of Representatives on the situation in Syria, at the Capitol, in Washington, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama: I might lose congressional vote on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Battling stiff resistance in Congress, President Barack Obama conceded Monday night he might lose his fight for congressional support of a military strike against Syria, and declined to say what he would […]

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

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