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  • In this image made from amateur video released by the Ugarit News and accessed Monday, July 23, 2012, a Free Syrian Army soldier looks at a Syrian military that caught on fire during clashes with Syrian government troops in Aleppo, Syria. The Syrian regime acknowledged for the first time Monday that it possessed stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons and said it will only use them in case of a foreign attack and never internally against its own citizens. The Associated Press cannot independently verify the content, date, location or authenticity of this material. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)

    Syria says it will use chemical weapons if attacked

    The Syrian regime threatened Monday to use its chemical and biological weapons in case of a foreign attack, in its first ever acknowledgement that it possesses weapons of mass destruction.


  • This image made from amateur video from Hama Revolution 2011 and accessed by AP video on Friday, July 13, 2012, purports to show families gathered around bodies of victims killed by violence that, according to anti-regime activists, was carried out by Syrian government forces in Tremseh, Syria. (AP Photo/Hama Revolution 2011 via AP video)

    Syria denies use of heavy weapons in latest violence

    Syria on Sunday denied U.N. claims that government forces used heavy weapons during a military operation that left scores dead and brought immediate international condemnation, while the International Committee of the Red Cross said it now considers the conflict in the country a civil war.


  • Slaughter of civilians denied by Assad forces

    Syria on Sunday denied U.N. claims that government forces used heavy weapons during a military operation that left scores dead and brought immediate international condemnation, while the International Committee of the Red Cross said it now considers the conflict in the country a civil war.


  • Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi denies during a news conference in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, May 27, 2012, that government troops were behind an attack on a string of villages that left more than 90 people dead. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

    Syrian government denies being behind attack that killed 90

    The Syrian government denied Sunday its troops were behind an attack on a string of villages that left more than 90 people dead, blaming the killings on "hundreds of heavily-armed gunmen" who also attacked soldiers in the area.


  • People burn portraits of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad during a Feb. 26, 2012, demonstration against his regime in the outskirts from Idlib in northern Syria. (Associated Press)

    Syrian official says West meddling

    A Syrian official on Monday accused the West of taking advantage of the Middle Eastern country's unrest to try to destabilize it and warned the opposition that militarizing is a big mistake that will backfire.


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