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Latest Assad Items
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.
Israel's prime minister said Wednesday that the world should not accept what he called a "partial deal" to curb Iran's nuclear program — just as it is not allowing the Syrian government to keep any of its chemical weapons stockpile.
Last week, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) "for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons." The official ceremony will take place in Oslo on Dec. 10.
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.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that, in order for Russia's offer to help Syria transfer its chemical weapons to international control to succeed, "the threat of U.S. military action must continue to be very real and credible."
Speaking on his morning radio program, Glenn Beck suggested the United States is no longer a superpower due to its handling of the Syria crisis.