Bashar al-Assad

  • Three charged in plot to ship chemical lab equipment from U.S. to Syria

    By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three men have been charged in a conspiracy to export chemical laboratory equipment from the United States to Syria, according to an unsealed indictment released on Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. From 2003 to 2012, an…

    • West should work with Russia against radical Islam: Blair

      Western leaders should set aside their differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on the growing threat of Islamic extremism, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Wednesday. In a speech in London, the Middle East envoy said the spread of extremist ideology in that region as well as…

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        • Syrian lawmaker first to announce presidential bid

          DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for the country's June 3 presidential election, becoming the first official contender in a vote that will take place during the country's civil war and one that embattled President Bashar Assad likely will win.

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          • U.S. Pivot to Asia

            The term "Pivot to Asia", which has almost become a household word, was first used by then-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in fall 2011. However, global events and the U.S. reaction to them have more or less determined that the so-called pivot currently remains more of an aspiration rather than a…

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            • Encircled and alone, Lebanese village braces for Syrian assault

              Residents of a tiny, isolated village in eastern Lebanon are bracing for a feared incursion by Syrian troops and Hezbollah, with nowhere to flee because their only escape route has been sealed off.    Do you understand the Syria conflict? Why Hezbollah has openly joined the Syrian fight Syrian…

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              • UN seeks probe of alleged chlorine gas in Syria

                UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called for an investigation Wednesday into reports of alleged chlorine gas use in some Syrian towns, causing deaths and injuries.

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                • Syria chemical handover nearly complete

                  Syria has nearly completed surrendering its chemical weapons stockpile, a joint task force in charge of the operation said Thursday, as UN Security Council members called for a fresh probe into alleged gas attacks. "Today's operation brings the total of chemical material removed and destroyed to…

                  • Stopping Russia starts in Syria

                    It is time for the US to change Putin's calculations, and Syria is the place to do it, says New America Foundation's Anne-Marie Slaughter.

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                      • Chemical weapons watchdog weighs chlorine attack probe in Syria: sources

                        By Anthony Deutsch AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission on his own initiative to investigate reports of chlorine gas attacks there, sources said. Syria became a…

                        • Syrian activists accuse Assad of new gas attacks

                          BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent weeks and months, leaving men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath, according to Associated Press interviews with more than a dozen activists, medics and residents on…

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                          • CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

                            The CIA is stepping up training and military assistance to moderate rebels, according to U.S. sources. AFP/ The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be…

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                            • Turkey Was Inept, Not Evil, in Syria

                              Erdogan’s foreign policy has been characterized more by idealistic delusions than malicious conspiracies.

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                              • First Presidential Candidate Registers In Syria

                                In this photo taken on Tuesday March 11, 2014 and released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian lawmakers gather during a session to vote for a new election law, at the Syrian parliament in Damascus, Syria. DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian lawmaker registered as a candidate Wednesday for…

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                                • Syria's War on Medicine

                                  In late March, United Nations relief workers in Syria received a long-sought green light to deliver aid to tens of thousands of desperate residents of Douma, one of several villages outside Damascus that have been besieged by the government of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad for nearly two years,…

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                                    • Aid arrives to remote Lebanese village cut off by Syria and Hezbollah

                                      Aid has arrived to a Lebanese village that has been cut off for months as Lebanon's border areas are increasingly dragged into Syria's three-year-long conflict. A remote Sunni village of roughly 2,000 people, Tfail is surrounded on three sides by Syria, and the primary route to the rest of Lebanon…

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                                      • UN agency heads say all sides in Syria block aid, crisis worsening daily

                                        LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Syria's humanitarian crisis is worsening daily, particularly for civilians in Aleppo, parts of Homs and other parts of the country suffering heavy fighting, the heads of five U.N. agencies said on Wednesday. All too often, access to those in need of…

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                                        • First candidate for Syria's presidential election steps forward

                                          A Syrian lawmaker has nominated himself for president, state media said on Wednesday, the first candidate in an election likely to cement President Bashar al-Assad's rule over a country devastated by civil war. Parliament this week set the election for June 3, a move Assad's international opponents…

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                                          • Blair Says Syria Peace Pointing to Transition With Assad

                                            The war in Syria is an “unmitigated disaster” and the best way forward may be an interim peace deal that allows Bashar al-Assad to stay in power for a short period, former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair said. “Two years ago, I said we had to intervene and take tougher measures otherwise Syria would…

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                                            • Businessman second hopeful for Syria presidential vote

                                              A businessman who studied in the United States on Thursday became the second hopeful to register for Syria's controversial June presidential election which is expected to return incumbent Bashar al-Assad to office. Like the first would-be candidate to declare, Hassan Abdullah al-Nuri is a member of…

                                              • Chemical weapons removal from Syria nearly complete

                                                BEIRUT — With its latest deadline days away, Syria is close to eliminating its stockpile of chemical weapons, monitors said Tuesday, an improbable accomplishment in the midst of civil war that is likely to diminish further the possibility of international intervention. After a slow start that…

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