Syrian rebels

The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House. Wariness among veterans crossed party lines as Republicans Democrats alike said they feared weapons and training would one day be used against Americans instead of against militants seeking an Islamic state. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

House Veterans In Both Parties Divided On Arming Syrian Rebels

The effort to train and arm Syrian rebels proved a tough sell with many Iraq and Afghanistan veterans now serving in the House. Wariness among veterans crossed party lines as Republicans Democrats alike said they feared weapons and training would one day be used against Americans instead of against militants seeking an Islamic state.

09/18/2014

President Obama delivered his prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Congressional Reaction To Obama’s Speech

General approval from Democrats and Republicans in Congress to the president’s ISIS strategy address to the nation.

09/10/2014

President Barack Obama's top national security advisers met Wednesday to air their reservations about arming Syria's rebels, with officials acknowledging that the growing alarm over the Assad regime's rapid military advance is unlikely to translate into any U.S. policy shift toward deeper involvement in the conflict. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Obama Advisers Split On Arming Syrian Rebels

President Barack Obama’s top national security advisers met Wednesday to air their reservations about arming Syria’s rebels, with officials acknowledging that the growing alarm over the Assad regime’s rapid military advance is unlikely to translate into any U.S. policy shift toward deeper involvement in the conflict.

06/12/2013

The United States and Germany on Friday warned Russia not to endanger a planned peace conference for Syria or alter the balance of power in the Middle East by providing an advanced air defense system to President Bashar Assad's embattled regime. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

US, Germany Tell Russia: Don’t Send Assad Missiles

The United States and Germany on Friday warned Russia not to endanger a planned peace conference for Syria or alter the balance of power in the Middle East by providing an advanced air defense system to President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime.

05/31/2013

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.

05/29/2013

The United States said Sunday that it will double its non-lethal assistance to Syria's opposition as the rebels' top supporters vowed to enhance and expand their backing of the two-year battle to oust President Bashar Assad's regime. (Photo credit  DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)

US Doubles Non-Lethal Aid To Syrian Rebels

The United States said Sunday that it will double its non-lethal assistance to Syria’s opposition as the rebels’ top supporters vowed to enhance and expand their backing of the two-year battle to oust President Bashar Assad’s regime.

04/21/2013

Mitt Romney is ridiculing President Obama for being passive on the Middle East conflicts.

Romney: ‘Hope Is Not A Strategy’ In Syria, Give Rebels Weapons

Declaring that “it’s time to change course in the Middle East” and accusing Obama of “passivity,” Romney plans to call Monday for the U.S. to work with other countries to arm rebels in Syria with weapons that can defeat the “tanks, helicopters and fighter jets” that make up President Bashar Assad’s army.

10/08/2012

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