President Bashar Assad

A picture shows destruction in Sbeneh, south of the Syrian capital Damascus, on June 16, 2013. (credit: WARD AL-KESWANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Hamas Urges Hezbollah To Withdraw Fighters From Syria

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.


Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., delivers remarks following a roundtable discussion with Vice President Joseph Biden and law enforcement and elected officials to discuss gun safety on Feb. 11, 2013 at Girard College in Philadelphia. (credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Dem Senator Reminds Obama That Syria Has Crossed ‘Red Line’

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.


Senator John McCain speaks during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa on the shores of the Dead Sea on May 25, 2013. (credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)

McCain Praises ‘Brave Fighters’ Battling Assad’s Syrian 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.


An Israeli soldier walks next to Merkava tanks in the Israeli annexed Golan Heights near the border with Syria on May 22, 2013. (credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Air Force Chief Warns Syrian Tension Could Escalate Into ‘Surprise War’

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. (OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images).

Kerry: US Prepared To Help Syrian Rebels ‘Fight For The Freedom Of Their Country’

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.


Israeli soldiers patrol next to the border fence on May 7, 2013 on border with Syria, in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. (credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Israel: Syria’s Assad Will ‘Bear The Consequences’ Of Further Escalation

Israeli and Syrian troops exchanged fire across their tense cease-fire line in the Golan Heights on Tuesday, prompting an Israeli threat that Syria’s leader will “bear the consequences” of further escalation and raising new concerns that the civil war there could explode into a region-wide conflict.


President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 30, 2013. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama: ‘We Don’t Have Chain Of Custody That Establishes’ Who Used Chemical Weapons In Syria

President Obama revealed during a Tuesday morning press conference that his administration does not know all the facts on who used chemical weapons in Syria.


A Syrian rebel crosses a street while trying to dodge sniper fire in the old city of Aleppo in northern Syria on March 11, 2013. (credit: JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Top Dem Calls On Obama Administration To Offer Lethal Aid For Syrian Rebels

The top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee is calling on the Obama administration to train and arm select elements of the Syrian opposition as well as provide humanitarian assistance as the deadly civil war marked an ignominious second anniversary on Friday.


Secretary of State John Kerry listening during a joint press conference with his counterpart Saudi's Prince Saud al-Faisal at the press hall in the Saudi Foreign Ministry in Riyadh, on March 4, 2013. (credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Kerry: ‘No Guarantee’ Weapons Given To Syrian Rebels Won’t Fall Into Wrong Hands

ecretary of State John Kerry warns there is “no guarantee” that weapons given to Syrian rebels won’t fall into the wrong hands.


Syrian Vice President Faruq al-Shara meets with Sen. John Kerry in Damascus on Feb. 21, 2009. (credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Kerry: Syrian ‘President Assad Has Been Very Generous With Me’

Sen. John Kerry has held up Syria as a country that could bring peace and stability to the Mideast and predicted that the now-disgraced government of President Bashar Assad would pursue a legitimate relationship with the United States. Those assertions are certain to draw scrutiny at Kerry’s confirmation hearing to be secretary of state as Assad’s brutal crackdown has plunged his country into civil war.