Syria

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

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov welcomes his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moallem, left, prior to talks in Moscow on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Syria welcomes Russia’s call to give up chemical weapons

MOSCOW (AP) — Syria on Monday quickly welcomed a call from Russia, its close ally, to place Syrian chemical arsenals under international control, then destroy them to avert a U.S. strike, but did not offer […]

09/09/2013

In this frame grab from video taken Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, and provided by "CBS This Morning," Syrian President Bashar Assad responds to a question from journalist Charlie Rose during an interview in Damascus, Syria. Assad warned in the interview broadcast Monday on CBS there will be retaliation against the U.S. for any military strike launched in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack. Assad said, "You should expect everything." (AP Photo/CBS This Morning)

Assad warns of repercussions for a US strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad is warning the U.S. of repercussions if it launches a military attack against him, as the Obama administration tries to convince a wary Congress to authorize a strike […]

09/09/2013

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 reasserts Syria charge despite Assad denial

LONDON (AP) – Secretary of State John Kerry says Syria’s President Bashar Assad could resolve the crisis surrounding a chemical weapons attack simply by turning over “every single bit” of his weapons stock to the […]

09/09/2013

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

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)

Looming Syria vote prompts protests and prayers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-war protesters gathered outside the White House on Saturday to voice their opposition to a U.S. military strike in Syria, calling their picket line one that Congress shouldn’t cross as it prepares […]

09/07/2013

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

Back home, high-stakes week on Syria awaits Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama faces a high-stakes week of trying to convince a skeptical Congress and a war-weary American public that they should back him on a military strike against Syria. His administration […]

09/07/2013

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

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