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  • U.N. Chemical Weapons Team To Leave Syria By Saturday Morning

    U.N. Chemical Weapons Team To Leave Syria By Saturday Morning

    VIENNA | Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:14am EDT

    (Reuters) – United Nations inspectors, in Syria to determine whether forces have used chemical weapons in the civil war, will continue their investigations until Friday and plan to leave by Saturday morning, the U.N. chief said.
    U.N. Secretary-General Ban […]

  • Obama: US Action Would Send Assad ‘Strong Signal’

    Obama: US Action Would Send Assad ‘Strong Signal’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is vowing that American retaliation for Syrian chemical weapons use would send a “strong signal,” as U.S. intelligence officials readied briefings for Congress on evidence aimed at linking last week’s attack to President Bashar […]

  • Obama Makes Case For Punishing Syria Over Gas Attack

    Obama Makes Case For Punishing Syria Over Gas Attack

    WASHINGTON  – President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday that the Syrian government would face “international consequences” for last week’s deadly chemical attack, but made clear any military response would be limited to avoid dragging the United States into another war […]

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  • An Israeli soldier is seen next to an Iron Dome rocket interceptor battery deployed near the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Israel ordered a special call-up of reserve troops Wednesday as nervous citizens lined up at gas-mask distribution centers, preparing for possible hostilities with Syria. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    Obama: Syrian Gov’t Carried Out Chemical Attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared unequivocally that the United States has “concluded” that the Syrian government carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians. But new hurdles emerged that appeared to slow the formation of […]

  • UK’s Cameron Forced To Delay Strike Against Syria

    UK’s Cameron Forced To Delay Strike Against Syria

    By Andrew Osborn | Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:09pm EDT (Reuters)

    LONDON – Prime Minister David Cameron was forced on Wednesday to push back his plans for an imminent military strike against Syria in a humiliating climb-down for Britain’s leader after coming under fierce domestic and […]

  • Fears Of Western Strike On Syria Spread In Mideast

    Fears Of Western Strike On Syria Spread In Mideast

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Fears of a possible U.S. strike against Syria’s regime over an alleged chemical weapons attack rippled across the region Wednesday, as about 6,000 Syrians fled to neighboring Lebanon in a 24-hour period and Israelis scrambled for […]

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  • U.N. Chief Says Syria Inspectors Need Another Four Days

    U.N. Chief Says Syria Inspectors Need Another Four Days

    Aug. 28 – U.N. inspectors returned to a suburb of Damascus to further investigate a suspected chemical attack on civilians. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon urged patience as inspectors complete their mission. Linda So reports.

  • The head of UN inspectors’ team, Professor Ake Sellstrom, second right, and Angela Kane, right, the representative on the United Nations for Disarmament Issues, watch as the UN inspectors’ team leaves the Four Seasons hotel in Damascus, Syria, August 28, 2013. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pleaded for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict, even as world powers appeared to be moving toward punitive military strikes against President Bashar Assad's regime for what the United States and its allies say was a deadly chemical weapons attack. Syria has denied it was behind the alleged attack. (AP Photo)

    U.N. Council Set For Syria Clash As West Readies Attack

    BEIRUT  – The United Nations Security Council was set for a showdown over Syria on Wednesday as Britain sought authorization for Western military action that Russia called premature and seemed certain to block.

    U.N. chemical weapons experts investigating a gas attack that killed […]

  • Syrian protesters carry a placards showing dead Syrian children, during a protest in front of the Syrian embassy to condemn the alleged poison gas attack on the suburbs of Damascus,  during a protest in front of the Syrian embassy,  in Amman, Jordan, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.  Anti-government activists accused the Syrian regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack that is thought to have killed at least 100 people, including many children as they slept, during intense artillery and rocket barrages Wednesday on the eastern suburbs of Damascus that are part of a fierce government offensive in the area.(AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

    Jordan: No Attack On Syria From Our Soil

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan will not be used as a launching pad for attacks on Syria and the kingdom favors a diplomatic solution to the crisis, a Jordanian government spokesman said Wednesday.
    A U.S.-led strike on Syria in response to […]

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  • Bodies lie at a morgue following fighting between rebel fighters and Syrian government forces on August 10, 2013 in the northern city of Raqqa, the only provincial capital in rebel hands. Syrian regime air strikes killed more than 30 people Saturday in the  Latakia province, bastion of the ruling Assad clan, and the northern city of Raqqa, a monitory group said.  AFP PHOTO/ALICE MARTINS        (Photo credit should read ALICE Martins/AFP/Getty Images)

    U.N. Envoy Says Evidence Suggests Some Chemical ‘Substance’ Was Used In Attack

    By JOHN HEILPRIN 08/28/13 09:55 AM ET EDT
    GENEVA — Evidence suggests that some kind of “substance” was used in Syria that may have killed more than 1,000 people, but any military strike in response must first gain U.N. Security Council approval, […]

  • U.N. Experts Head To Damascus Suburb, Activists Say

    U.N. Experts Head To Damascus Suburb, Activists Say

    BY ALBERT AJI AND KARIN LAUB  – ASSOCIATED PRESS – Aug 28, 7:48 AM EDT
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — U.N. chemical weapons experts headed to a Damascus suburb on Wednesday for a new tour of areas struck by a purported poison gas attack, […]

  • A U.N. chemical weapons expert (R) gathers evidence at one of the sites of an alleged poison gas attack in the southwestern Damascus suburb of Mouadamiya August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmad Alshami

    U.N. Inspectors In New Syria Mission As West Prepares To Strike

    By William Maclean and Oliver Holmes | Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:53am EDT(Reuters)

    BEIRUT  – U.N. chemical weapons investigators crossed Syria’s front line into rebel-held territory on Wednesday for a second visit to the scene of a poison gas attack that has triggered […]

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  • A Free Syrian Army is pictured through a hole in the old city of Aleppo August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Muzaffar Salman

    Analysis: Brief Military Action In Syria Would Limit Risks For Obama

    WASHINGTON  – Most Americans want no part of a U.S. military intervention in Syria, but there is a growing sense in Washington that President Barack Obama would face more political risks from a weak response to Syria’s use of chemical weapons […]

  • Syracuse, N.Y. The launch of a highly anticipated strike on Syria could make for awkward timing. Few doubt that Obama is preparing for a U.S.-led military action to retaliate for what the U.S. and its allies say was a deadly chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian government. But there are few good options for when to attack. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

    When To Strike: Tense Decisions For Obama On Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Preparations for a highly anticipated strike on Syria could lead to an awkward decision on timing.
    Few doubt that President Barack Obama is preparing for a U.S.-led military action to retaliate for what the U.S. and its allies […]

  • Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Syria's foreign minister said Tuesday his country would defend itself using "all means available" in case of a U.S. strike, denying his government was behind an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus and challenging Washington to present proof backing up its accusations.(AP Photo)

    Momentum Grows For Military Action Against Syria

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Momentum appeared to build Tuesday for Western military action against Syria, with the U.S. and France saying they are in position for a strike, while the government in Damascus vowed to use all possible measures to […]

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  • Russian air defense missile system  Buk-M2 is on display at the opening of the MAKS Air Show in Zhukovsky outside Moscow on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Russia has supplied similar missiles to Syria. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Already Questions About Endgame In Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Questions are already swirling about the endgame as the Obama administration prepares for a likely strike against Syria as punishment for an alleged chemical weapons attack in its civil war.
    National security experts and some U.S. officials question […]

  • Envoys Tell Rebels, Syria Strike Due In Days

    Envoys Tell Rebels, Syria Strike Due In Days

    AMMAN/BEIRUT  – Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies told rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad, sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.

    U.S. forces in the region are “ready to go”, Defense Secretary […]

  • Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad speaks Aug. 26 during an interview with The Associated Press at his office in Damascus, Syria. Mekdad said Syria is cooperating with a U.N. team that is investigating an alleged chemical attack last week and vowed the country will defend itself if the U.S. or others launch military action against it. (Hassan Ammar / AP)

    Syria Says It Will Defend Itself Against Attack

    BY ALBERT AJI – ASSOCIATED PRESS – Aug 27, 7:21 AM EDT
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister said Tuesday his country would defend itself using “all means available” in case of a U.S. strike, denying categorically his government was behind an […]

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  • Syria Accuses John Kerry Of Lying, Disregarding The United Nations

    Syria Accuses John Kerry Of Lying, Disregarding The United Nations

    DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria’s foreign minister says a second trip by U.N. experts to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack has been delayed because of disputes between rebel groups.
    Walid al-Moallem says rebels in the capital’s suburbs known as […]

  • Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, about the situation in Syria. Kerry said chemical weapons were used in Syria, and accused Assad of destroying evidence. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Kerry: Chemical Arms Use In Syria Has Consequences

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says there is “undeniable” evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack in Syria, with intelligence strongly pointing to Bashar Assad’s government – a claim Assad calls “preposterous.”
    Kerry said Monday that international standards […]

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron answers a question during a joint news conference with Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta in 10 Downing Street in central London July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

    British PM Says World Must Act On Syria, Weighs Response

    LONDON | Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:38am EDT

    (Reuters) – British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday that a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria was “absolutely abhorrent” and necessitated action from the international community with Britain considering a “proportionate response”.
    A spokesman for Cameron […]

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  • Analysis: U.S. Could Look Beyond U.N. Security Council In Any Syria Strike

    Analysis: U.S. Could Look Beyond U.N. Security Council In Any Syria Strike

    UNITED NATIONS – In the face of a U.N. Security Council deadlocked on Syria, the United States and its allies could seek other means of legitimizing any retaliatory strike they launch against Syria’s government for last week’s alleged gas attack […]

  • This undated image taken from amateur video footage provided by the Media Office Of Moadamiyeh purports to show medics assisting a man lying on a bed who appears to be shaking uncontrollably as a UN inspection team visits a makeshift hospital in Moadamiyeh, a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus. Doctors Without Borders said 355 people were killed in an artillery barrage by regime forces on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 that included the use of toxic gas. The media office of Moadamiyeh is a loosely organized Anti-Assad activist group based in Moadamieyh which posts video and still images of violence and other developments from the region. The Associated Press cannot absolutely certify the content, date, location or authenticity of this image. (AP Photo/Media Office Of Moadamiyeh)

    U.N. At Site Of Alleged Chemical Attack In Syria

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — U.N. experts collected samples and testimony from Syrian doctors and victims of an alleged chemical weapons attack Monday following a treacherous journey through government and rebel-held territory, where their convoy was hit by snipers.
    As U.S. officials […]

  • United States Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the media on the Syrian situation in Washington August 26, 2013. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

    U.S. Seeks Accountability For Syria Gas Attack, Edges Closer To Military Response

    WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John Kerry laid the groundwork on Monday for possible military action against the Syrian government over a suspected chemical weapons attack, implicating President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in a “moral obscenity.”
    In the most forceful U.S. reaction […]

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