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  • President Obama, flanked by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell (left) and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaks to members of the press before the start of a cabinet meeting on Sept. 12, 2013, in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (Associated Press)

    As Syria talks with Russia, Obama's 'red line' starts to fade

    President Obama's "red line" vow of action against Syria turned a lighter shade of pink Thursday, with Secretary of State John F. Kerry saying a U.S. military strike "might" be necessary if talks led by Russia fail to compel Syria to turn over its chemical weapons.


  • A Syrian government solider aims his weapon during clashes with Free Syrian Army fighters (not pictured) in the ancient, predominantly Christian village of Maaloula, Syria, northeast of the capital, Damascus, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. Heavy fighting flared as government troops tried to flush out rebel units, including two that are linked to al Qaeda, from the hilltop enclave that they broke into last week. (AP Photo/SANA)

    CIA starts shipping weapons to Syrian rebel fighters

    The CIA finally has made good on a months-old promise from the Obama administration and started shipping weapons to rebel fighters in Syria.


  • DESANTIS: Justice, absent in Damascus, awaits in Benghazi, too

    One of President Obama's key arguments for military intervention in Syria is that its president, Bashar Assad, violated international norms by using sarin gas. While the Obama administration loudly beats the war drums over Mr. Assad's violation of international norms, it remains virtually silent on another egregious violation of international norms: the slaying of an American diplomat.


  • A Syrian refugee sits on the ground at a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese Town of Al-Faour, Bekaa valley near the border with Syria, on Sept. 11, 2013. Lebanon is a tiny country that shares a porous border with Syria, and has seen cross-border shelling, sectarian clashes and car bombings in recent months related to the civil war raging next door. The country of 4.5 million already is already host to nearly 1 million Syrian refugees. (Associated Press)

    U.N. panel finds both sides in Syria guilty of war crimes

    As discussions heat in the international community about what to do over Syria’s chemical weapon use, a panel of U.N. human rights investigators came forward Wednesday with some new findings, implicating both sides in war crimes.


  • Israel President Peres: I trust Obama and Putin on Syria

    Israel President Shimon Peres said at a Wednesday graduation ceremony for naval recruits that he trusts President Obama and President Putin, when it comes to forging a deal to bring a peaceful solution to Syria’s chemical weapon dilemma.


  • President Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. The president blended the threat of military action with the hope of a diplomatic solution as he works to strip Syria of its chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

    PREBLE: Obama bombs in Syria speech

    Russian proposal buries the president's promise of success


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

    U.S. can't prove Bashar Assad approved chemical attacks in Syria

    U.S. intelligence has yet to uncover evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad directly ordered the chemical attacks last month on civilians in a suburb of Damascus, though the consensus inside U.S. agencies and Congress is that members of Mr. Assad's inner circle likely gave the command, officials tell The Washington Times.


  • Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with the state-run Al-Thawra newspaper in Damascus, Syria, on Thursday, July 4, 2013. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Amid the chaos, Syrian President Bashar Assad marks 48th birthday

    Syria may be in chaos, and the international community may be floundering for the proper response to the regime's chemical weapons attack outside Damascus, but President Bashar Assad is celebrating — his birthday, that is.


  • President Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. President Obama blended the threat of military action with the hope of a diplomatic solution as he works to strip Syria of its chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

    Obama administration uses grotesque images to sell Syria strike

    In selling a strike against Syria to a skeptical American public, top administration officials repeatedly have evoked the chilling videos and images from the aftermath of the deadly Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus.


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