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    Syria's conflict was sparked by an act of brutality — the detention and torture of schoolchildren who spray-painted anti-government graffiti in a southern city. In the three years since, the civil war has evolved into one of the most savage conflicts in decades.

  • ** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad. (AP Photo/SANA)

    U.S. skeptical of report the West now helping Assad fight rebel extremists

    A top official under Syrian President Bashar Assad says operatives from several Western intelligence agencies have held discussions with the government in Damascus about how to combat Islamic extremists who have become increasingly active in Syria's civil war over the past year.

  • ** FILE ** Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (Associated Press/Syrian State TV via AP video)

    Obama says Syria has crossed 'red line' with chemical weapons, will send weapons

    The Syrian government used chemical weapons against rebel forces trying to overthrow the regime, the Obama administration said Thursday, acknowledging that President Bashar Assad has without doubt crossed the "red line" President Obama laid down for U.S. action in the country's bloody civil war.

  • This citizen journalism image provided by Qusair Lens, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Qusair-based activist Hadi Abdullah (right) walking on a street hit by the shelling of Hezbolllah Lebanese Shiite group and the Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the town of Qusair, near the Lebanon border, Homs province, Syria, on May 31, 2013. Syrian troops attacked a convoy trying to evacuate the wounded from a central town near the border with Lebanon, killing many people, as rebel reinforcements infiltrated the besieged area to fight government forces backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, activists said. (Associated Press)

    Iran may be on invite list for Syria conference

    The State Department confirmed Friday that U.S. officials are open to the possibility of allowing Iran to participate in an upcoming peace conference on Syria, despite the Islamic Republic's alleged support for the regime of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • U.S. communications equipment to Syria opposition ‘spy-proof’

    The State Department on Thursday insisted that the communications equipment it has provided to opposition groups in Syria is capable of resisting penetration from spies working for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • ** FILE ** In this July 6, 2012, file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius attend the "Friends of Syria" conference in Paris. The United States is readying new sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and its allies as Clinton heads to Turkey on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, for weekend talks with top Turkish officials and Syrian opposition activists. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool, File)

    U.S. officials: Al Qaeda gaining foothold in Syria

    Al Qaeda has advanced beyond isolated pockets of activity in Syria and now is building a network of well-organized cells, according to U.S. intelligence officials, who fear the terrorists could be on the verge of establishing an Iraq-like foothold that would be hard to defeat if rebels eventually oust President Bashar Assad.

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