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  • Photographs of victims of the Assad regime are displayed as a Syrian Army defector known as "Caesar", right, appears in disguise to speak before the House Foreign Affairs Committee at a briefing called "AssadÕs Killing Machine Exposed: Implications for U.S. Policy" concerning the Assad regime, on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 31, 2014. "Caesar" was apparently a witness to Bashar al-Assad's brutality and as smuggled more than 50,000 photographs depicting the torture and execution of more then 10,000 dissidents. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Lawmakers rattled by Syria genocide horrors, call on Obama to act

    A Syrian defector pleaded before a House panel Thursday for U.S. help fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad, as he presented gruesome photographs of emaciated and mutilated dead bodies that he said were victims of torture and murder in the regime's prisons.

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, center, shakes hands with worshippers on the first day of Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at the Khair mosque, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate

    More than 2,000 Syrians — almost half of them pro-government forces - have been killed in just over two weeks of fighting in Syria, marking one of the worst death tolls in the country's three-year civil war, opposition activists said Monday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • FILE - This January 19, 2014, file photo provided by Aleppo Media Center (AMC), an anti-Bashar Assad activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens inspecting an unexploded barrel bomb filled with explosives, which was dropped from a Syrian forces helicopter on a street in Aleppo, Syria. The use of barrel bombs has spread this year from Syria to Iraq, raising concerns that desperate governments in a number of unstable nations from Europe to Africa to the Middle East will turn to weapons that the international community has condemned as a violation of human rights laws.  (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC, File)

    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.

  • 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 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, March 11, 2014 file photo, Dr. Darwish Khan examines two year-old Syrian refugee Mohammed al-Omar at a medical clinic in the town of Kab Elias in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. 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/Bilal Hussein, 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.

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