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By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Topic - Assad
It's the regional heavyweight that few want at the table, but without it any attempt to end the Syria war may be futile. Iran's backing is crucial for President Bashar Assad's hold on power — and for the Iranians, Syria is key to their aspirations of regional power.
Some of the U.S. weapons flowing to rebels in Syria are bound to fall into the hands of Islamic extremists, say analysts and a retired Army general just back from touring the country.
Syria's military did not use chemical weapons and has killed mostly terrorists during the country's civil war, President Bashar Assad said in his second recent U.S. TV interview.
Lawmakers on Sunday hailed the lofty goals of a pact the United States and Russia struck to locate and dismantle Syria's chemical weapons — but questioned whether Obama administration can assure the stockpiles won't be hidden by the Assad regime or seized by radicalized rebel groups.
Rep. Ted S. Yoho on Tuesday used Syrian leader Bashar Assad's comments to a French newspaper to make the case why the United States should not intervene in Syria at the moment.
Sen. Rand Paul criticized U.S. involvement in Syria as well as Sen. John McCain's controversial trip to the war-torn country, while speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., on Friday night.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Sunday that Hezbollah, or "Party of God" in Arabic, should change its name to "Party of Satan," blaming the terrorist organization for killing thousands of civilians in Syria.
Syrian opposition leaders say they will put on trial a rebel commander shown on a Web video apparently eating the heart of a dead Syrian soldier.
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it's obvious — Syria's government regime has used chemical weapons to attack rebels.
Hours after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. is considering arming Syrian rebels, President Obama agreed that his administration is looking "at all options."
The Syrian extremist militia Jabhat al-Nusra is a branch of al Qaeda's coalition in Iraq and has been all along, the umbrella group Islamic State of Iraq acknowledged Tuesday — a move that shows the blossoming self-confidence of salafist jihadis about their role in the revolution raging in Syria.
President Bashar Assad called on Syrians to defend their country against religious extremists seeking to destroy the nation, dismissing any prospect of dialogue with the "murderous criminals" he says are behind the uprising even as he outlined his vision for a peaceful settlement to the civil war.
Recent hopes that the Kremlin would end its support of Syrian strongman Bashar Assad melted quickly, and analysts say Moscow ultimately may change its stance only if Assad ends up cornered.
Palestinian supporters and opponents of Syria's regime got swept up in intense fighting in Damascus on Monday while rival rebel groups clashed over control of a border crossing with Turkey, activists said.
Syrian President Bashar Assad attended prayers in a Damascus mosque to mark the start of a Muslim holiday on Sunday, his first appearance in public since the bombing last month that killed four of his top security officials.