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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Assad'S Government
BEIRUT — A string of government airstrikes on rebel-held areas in the north on Saturday killed at least 44 people, activists said, as al Qaeda-linked rebels captured one of the country's oil field in the east.
A spokesman for the Tawhid Brigade, a leading rebel force fighting against Syrian President Bashar's military, said on Monday the group's lost their leader.
Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have firmly seized the momentum in the country's civil war in recent weeks, capturing one rebel stronghold after another and triumphantly planting the two-starred Syrian government flag amid shattered buildings and rubble-strewn streets.
The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Friday night to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons — putting the weight of previously divided world powers behind the recent deal between the U.S. and Russia to pressure Syrian President Bashar Assad into giving up his chemical stockpile.
Russia and the United Nations called Thursday for the resuscitation of a peace initiative for Syria that never got off the ground when it was proposed months ago because both parties to the conflict rejected it.
A coalition including the United States, the European Union and the Arab League met Thursday to plot new ways of isolating the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, as a Syrian opposition leader warned that sanctions alone won't bring the regime down.
U.N. envoy Kofi Annan called Monday on "every individual with a gun" in Syria to lay down arms, saying he was horrified by a weekend massacre that killed more than 100 people, including women and small children.
A Syrian opposition leader said Friday the regime is trying to destroy a U.N.-brokered peace plan for the country. The accusations came as security forces fanned out following twin suicide car bombings that killed 55 people in Damascus.
The Obama administration says it is not considering invading Syria or arming its rebels to remove President Bashar Assad from power. Diplomatic efforts at the U.N. have collapsed.