President Bashar Assad
The ranking Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republican is urging a “surgical” U .S. air strike against Syria in reprisal for Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons.
Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations on Sunday to allow a U.N. team of experts to visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside Damascus, state media said.
The White House says it is “deeply concerned” of reports that the Syrian government killed as many as 1,300 people with the use of chemical weapons near Damascus.
The crisis in Syria and Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden are likely to highlight a meeting later this week between Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and their Russian counterparts.
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The Palestinian militant group Hamas on Monday urged Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia to withdraw its fighters from Syria and accused it of stoking sectarian tensions, leveling unprecedented public criticism against a former ally.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania on Thursday urged strong action in Syria now that the White House has said it has conclusive evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime has used chemical weapons against opposition forces.
Sen. John McCain on Tuesday praised the “brave fighters” battling the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad and renewed his call for the Obama administration to move aggressively militarily to aid the opposition.
Israel’s air force chief warned Wednesday that tensions with Syria could escalate into a “surprise war” and that Israel needs to be ready.
Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States and its Arab and European allies will step up their support for Syria’s opposition to help them “fight for the freedom of their country” if President Bashar Assad’s regime doesn’t engage in peace talks in good faith.