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  • A Syrian man who lives in Lebanon stands next of a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad and shout slogans, as he walks towards to the Syrian embassy to ballot their vote for the presidential elections, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday May 28, 2014. Thousands are flocking to the Syrian embassy in Lebanon as expat voting starts ahead of Syria's June 3 presidential election. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Syria's Bashar Assad set for swearing-in ceremony for third term

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is set to be sworn in for his third seven-year term in office, local media reported.

  • ** FILE ** Radical Islamist terrorists stand guard during a hostage handover in the desert outside Timbuktu, Mali, April 24, 2012. (Associated Press)

    EIBNER: Syria, Iraq and Obama's foreign policy fantasies

    President Obama is asking Congress to approve $500 million to intensify support for "moderate" and "appropriately vetted" Syrian rebels in the context of a $1.5 billion Syrian regional stability initiative.

  • Syrian President Bashar Assad looks on before a joint statement with Romanian President Traian Basescu, not seen, at the Cotroceni Presidential palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    BUCHANAN: Tell the imperial president no more wars

    Barack Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and arm rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) who seek to overthrow the government.

  • This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center)

    Extremist group takes Syrian towns, key oil field

    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched across eastern Syria near the border with Iraq on Thursday, seizing towns, villages and the country's largest oil field as rival rebel factions gave up the fight, activists said.

  • Increased use of barrel bombs in Mideast, Africa

    Governments in the Mideast and Africa, in desperate efforts to gain battlefield ground, are using barrel bombs against their enemies, launching the cheap, quickly manufactured weapons as a crude counter to roadside blasts and suicide explosions that insurgents have deployed for years.

  • Illustration on the withdrawal of American force around the world by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

    LAMBRO: Obama and a U.S. world leadership deficit

    President Obama announced another foreign-policy plan this week, telling our adversaries when and under what circumstances the United States will use its forces abroad.

  • Hezbollah commander wanted by FBI killed in Syria

    A Hezbollah military commander wanted by the FBI was killed in Syria while fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces against rebels trying to overthrow him, Lebanese security officials said Wednesday.

  • A Syrian man who lives in Lebanon stands next of a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad and shout slogans, as he walks towards to the Syrian embassy to ballot their vote for the presidential elections, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday May 28, 2014. Thousands are flocking to the Syrian embassy in Lebanon as expat voting starts ahead of Syria's June 3 presidential election. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Lebanese troops beat Syrian voters outside embassy

    Lebanese troops moved to subdue a crowd of frenzied Syrian voters who tried to storm their embassy in Beirut to vote for President Bashar Assad as expat balloting started in Syria's presidential election.

  • FILE - In this Thursday, June 20, 2013 file photo, soldiers participate in a combined special operations demonstration with commandos from Jordan, Iraq and the U.S. as part of Eager Lion multinational military maneuvers, at the King Abdullah Special Operations Training Center (KASOTC) in Amman, Jordan. The White House soon may sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebel forces, according to Obama administration officials. The move would significantly boost U.S. support for rebels seeking military help to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. President Barack Obama is considering sending a limited number of American troops to Jordan to be part of a regional training mission that would instruct carefully screened members of the Free Syrian Army on tactics, including counterterrorism operations, the officials said.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

    US eyes training moderate Syrian rebels

    President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will increase assistance to the Syrian opposition, opening the way for the likely training and possibly equipping of moderate rebels fighting to oust leader Bashar Assad.

  • Va. state Sen. pens letter to Syrian president

    A Virginia state senator has sent a letter praising Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • In this Wednesday, May 7, 2014 photo provided by the anti-government activist group Coordination Committee of Khalidiya Neighborhood in Homs, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Free Syrian Army fighters board a bus leaving Homs, Syria. President Barack Obama may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, in an open move that would significantly boost U.S. support to forces who have been asking for three years for military help in their quest to oust President Bashar Assad, administration officials said Tuesday.The step, which could be announced as early as Wednesday, would send a limited number of American troops to Jordan to be part of a regional training mission that would instruct carefully vetted members of the Free Syrian Army on tactics, including counterterrorism operations, the officials said. They said Obama has not yet given final approval for the initiative, and that there is still internal discussion about its merits and potential risks.  (AP Photo/The Coordination Committee of Khalidiya Neighborhood in Homs)

    US nears decision on training Syrian rebels

    President Barack Obama may soon sign off on a project to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, in an open move that would significantly boost U.S. support to forces who have been asking for three years for military help in their quest to oust President Bashar Assad, administration officials said Tuesday.

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a general view shows Aleppo prison in Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, May 22, 2014. Syrian troops backed by airstrikes broke a yearlong rebel siege of a prison in the northern city of Aleppo Thursday, allowing President Bashar Assad's forces to close in on a nearby command center of a coalition of Islamist rebel groups, opposition activists said. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Mortar attack on Assad gathering in Syria kills 21

    A mortar shell struck a large tent in southern Syria where supporters of President Bashar Assad had gathered for election campaigning, killing at least 21 people and wounding scores, opposition activists said Friday.

  • FILE -- In this Tuesday April 22, 2014 file photo, Syrian refugees who fled from the Syrian town of Rankous, stand next to trucks which carry their belongings, in Tfail village, at the Lebanese-Syrian border, eastern Lebanon. International watchdog, London-based Amnesty International, says Syrian refugees in Lebanon are going without treatment for chronic illnesses like diabetes and cancer because of a shortfall in funding to provide them with medical care in a report released Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Amnesty said the over 1 million Syrian refugees have overwhelmed resources in neighboring Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

    Watchdog: Syrians lack medical care in Lebanon

    Syrian refugees in Lebanon lack access to specialized medical care such as dialysis and cancer treatment, forcing some to risk their lives to return to their war-ravaged country for health care, according to a report by Amnesty International released Wednesday.

  • Syrian soccer goalie-turned-rebel becomes icon

    He began as a local hero on the soccer field, playing for the most popular team of his home city Homs and rising toward national stardom across Syria. But when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began, Abdelbaset Sarout left all of it to lead peaceful protests, rallying thousands to demand Assad leave power.

  • This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows buildings which were destroyed from a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, May. 17, 2014. The United Nations chief has condemned a cut in water supplies in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo that he said has deprived at least 2.5 million people of access to potable water. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

    Death toll in Syria's war tops 160,000, activists say

    The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has exceeded 160,000, an activist group said Monday, a harrowing figure that reflects the country's relentless bloodletting that appears no closer to a resolution.

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