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  • Illustration: Bashar Assad by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

    GAMBILL: Assad protected by cult of incompetence

    Since the outbreak of the Syrian uprising five weeks ago, President Obama has declined to call for Bashar Assad to step down as dictator or criticize his regime on camera, while Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has let it be known that many American lawmakers "believe he's a reformer." Slippery diction notwithstanding ("I referenced opinions of others," she later explained) most in the administration would appear to hold precisely this view of the Syrian president.


  • This image taken on a cellphone by a citizen journalist and acquired by the Associated Press shows Syrian women carrying a banner in Arabic that reads, "The women of Daraya want an end to the siege," as they protest in Daraya in southern Syria on Monday, April 25, 2011. (AP Photo)

    More gunfire, arrests reported in Syria's brutal crackdown

    Residents of the southern Syrian city of Daraa braved sniper fire Tuesday to pull the bullet-riddled bodies of the dead from the streets and hide them from security forces, a day after a brutal government crackdown on the popular revolt against President Bashar Assad, witnesses said.


  • Syrian protesters chant angry slogans Tuesday as they protest against the ongoing violence in Syria in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo, Egypt. Gunfire reverberated Tuesday in the southern Syrian city of Daraa where the dead still lay unclaimed in the streets a day after a brutal government crackdown on the popular revolt against President Bashar Assad, residents said. (Associated Press)

    Obama presses Assad; Syrian violence rises

    The White House on Monday stepped up its response to Syrian President Bashar Assad's violent crackdown on protesters there, threatening "targeted sanctions" and condemning the slaughter of activists — but pointedly resisting calling for the sort of coalition now aiding rebels in Libya.


  • Syrians pray in Clock Square in the center of the city of Homs on Monday. Syrian security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition Tuesday at hundreds of anti-government protesters who took over a main square in Homs, the country's third-largest city, witnesses and activists said. (Associated Press)

    Assad reforms not enough for thousands of protesters

    Thousands of students held demonstrations Wednesday against Syria's authoritarian regime, brushing off President Bashar Assad's sweeping declarations of reform as the country's growing protest movement vowed to stage the biggest rallies to date on Friday.


  • Syrians pray in Clock Square in the center of Homs, Syria, the nation's third-largest city, in this photo taken on Monday, April 18, 2011, by a citizen journalist with a cellphone camera and acquired by the AP. Security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition Tuesday at hundreds of anti-government protesters who had taken over the square. (AP Photo)

    Thousands of Syrian protesters brush off reforms

    Thousands of students held demonstrations Wednesday against Syria's authoritarian regime, brushing off President Bashar Assad's sweeping declarations of reform as the country's growing protest movement vowed to stage the biggest rallies to date on Friday.


  • Syrians pray in Clock Square in the center of Homs, Syria, the nation's third-largest city, in this photo taken on Monday, April 18, 2011, by a citizen journalist with a cellphone camera and acquired by the AP. Security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition Tuesday at hundreds of anti-government protesters who had taken over the square. (AP Photo)

    Syria lifts emergency laws but warns protesters

    Syria's government approved lifting the country's nearly 50-year-old state of emergency Tuesday to meet a key demand of anti-government protesters, but opposition leaders dismissed it as an attempt by President Bashar Assad to claim reforms but maintain his hard-line rule.


  • The village of Bukata is located in the Golan Heights, an area Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East War. Thousands living in Druse villages like Bukata have turned out to show support for Syria's President Bashar Assad as he faces anti-government protests. But the pro-reform wave stirs mixed feelings for the 20,000 Druse, who never stopped seeing themselves as Syrian but are used to freedoms under Israeli rule. (Associated Press)

    Turmoil in Syria resonates in Gaza

    Druse in the Israeli-held Golan Heights have been turning out in thousands in shows of support for Syria's president as he faces anti-government protests.


  • Syrian women attend an anti-government protest in Banias, Syria, on Saturday, April 16, 2011, in this photo taken by a citizen journalist on a cellphone and acquired by the Associated Press. (AP Photo)

    Shots kill at least 3 at funeral for Syrian protester

    Gunmen opened fire during a funeral for a slain protester Sunday, killing at least three people on a day when tens of thousands of people took to the streets nationwide as part of an uprising against the country's authoritarian regime, witnesses said.


  • Supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad stamp their fingerprints in their blood next to posters depicting him in a show of support, as they protest reformists in front the Syrian Embassy in Beirut this week. The opposition to Mr. Assad's rule is seeking a stronger U.S. diplomatic response. (Associated Press)

    White House rebuffs Syrian opposition

    The Obama administration has turned down a plea from Syria's democratic opposition to step up diplomatic pressure on President Bashar Assad, who has violently repressed peaceful anti-government protests.


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