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Raising the bar for direct U.S. involvement in Syria's civil war, President Obama said Tuesday that he won't take more forceful action until the international community is convinced that the regime of Bashar Assad used chemical weapons.
Syria's prime minister escaped an assassination attempt Monday when a bomb went off near his convoy in Damascus, state media reported, the latest attack targeting a top official in President Bashar Assad's regime.
Al Qaeda in Iraq has officially merged with Syria's jihadists. This should come as no surprise, as al Qaeda in Iraq has been a feeder for the Jabhat al Nusra militia and provided a staging ground for many of its attacks. But the official announcement this week by al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Omar al-Baghdadi of the newly formed al Qaeda in Iraq and Sham (a term for the Syrian region) highlights a critical point: Syria faces not one civil war, but two.
President Obama said Friday that reports of Syria using chemical weapons "is a game changer" for dealing with the regime, but he cautioned that the U.S. won't take action quickly.
Investigators with the United Nations have agreed to test soil samples from Syria to help determine whether President Bashar Assad has unleashed sarin gas against rebel fighters.
Syria President Bashar Assad has pulled thousands of soldiers from the Golan Heights and relocated them to Damascus, at the forefront of battle lines, leaving Israel's border open to rebel forces. In addition, a Syrian government official says a car bomb in central Damascus has killed 10 people, The Associated Press reported.
Syrian government forces and rebels are recruiting children to fight in the civil war and, in some cases, are using them as human shields, a Britain-based charity says.
Police detained a man who fired three blanks outside Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office on Monday, news reports said.
BANGKOK — Thai voters are being asked to approve a new constitution Sunday, daunted by a warning from the coup-installed military regime that a mysterious backup constitution will be imposed if they vote no.