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  1. Syria hands over last of declared chemical weapons

    Syria on Monday handed over to Western governments the last of the chemical weapons stockpile that it has acknowledged having, although doubts remain about whether all toxic weapons have truly been removed from the increasingly unstable region.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  2. This photo taken on Oct. 30, 2013, shows employees in protective gear holding a dummy grenade during a demonstration at a chemical weapons disposal facility of GEKA in Munster, northern Germany. Syria has surrendered or destroyed nearly a third of its chemical arsenal but remains behind on its international obligations, the head of the disarmament mission told the world's chemical watchdog on Tuesday. Philipp Guelland / AFP via Getty Images

    Disarmament chief: Syria chemicals deadline achievable

    The Dutch diplomat leading an international mission to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons program said Tuesday the pace of removing chemicals from the civil war-torn country is picking up and an end-of-June deadline for total destruction of the program is

    • Mar. 4, 2014
  3. Syrians holding portraits of President Bashar al-Assad and waving national flags take part in a rally Wednesday to show their support to the government in the capital Damascus. AFP via Getty Images

    As Syria threat expands, Obama mulls options

    For the United States, Syria's civil war is threatening to start hitting closer to home.

    • Feb. 19, 2014
  4. A man carries a child following a reported air strike Monday by Syrian government forces in the Hanano district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Zein al-Rifai / AFP via Getty Images

    Kerry accuses Assad of stonewalling in peace talks

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of stonewalling in peace talks and called on Russia to push its ally to negotiate with opposition leaders.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  5. Watchdog: Syria ships 3rd batch of chemical arms

    A watchdog agency says Syria has shipped third batch of chemical weapons material out of its territory.

    • Feb. 10, 2014
  6. Syrian government to take part in peace talks

    The Syrian government announced Friday it will take part in a second round of peace talks in Geneva next week, as a first batch of civilians prepared to leave besieged rebel-held areas in a battleground Syrian city under an evacuation deal struck with the

    • Feb. 7, 2014
  7. U.N. tells Syria to hurry on chemical weapons disposal

    The U.N. Security Council called on Syria Thursday to speed up the removal of its most harmful chemical weapons agents from the country, expressing 'growing concern' at several missed deadlines.

    • Feb. 6, 2014
  8. A woman and her children stand scared outside their home following a reported Syrian government forces air strike Tuesday in the northern city of Aleppo. Children in Syria have been tortured, maimed and sexually abused by President Bashar Assad's forces and recruited for combat by the rebels fighting to topple him during the country's nearly 3-year-old conflict, a new United Nations report said. Fadi al-Halabi / AFP via Getty Images

    U.N. report details impact of war on Syrian children

    Children in Syria have been tortured, maimed and sexually abused by President Bashar Assad's forces and recruited for combat by the rebels fighting to topple him, according to a new United Nations report.

    • Feb. 5, 2014
  9. The MV Cape Ray will host the neutralization of 700 tons of chemical weapons. Mike Morones / Staff

    U.S. ship ready to help destroy Syrian chem weapons

    A U.S. cargo ship prepared to sail Monday on a mission to destroy dozens of containers of deadly chemical weapons being removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle that country's poison gas and nerve agent program.

    • Jan. 27, 2014
  10. U.S. resumes nonlethal aid to Syrian opposition

    The United States has restarted deliveries of nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition, officials said Monday, more than a month after al-Qaida-linked militants seized warehouses and prompted a sudden cutoff of Western supplies to the rebels.

    • Jan. 27, 2014
  11. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs correspondents Jan. 19 at the U.N. headquarters in New York on the decision by the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Armed Forces to participate in the upcoming Geneva Conference on Syria. Emmanuel Dunand / AP

    U.N. rescinds invitation to Iran to attend Syria peace talks

    A last-minute U.N. invitation for Iran to join this week's Syria peace talks threw the long-awaited Geneva conference into doubt Monday, forcing U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to rescind his offer under intense U.S.

    • Jan. 20, 2014
  12. Syrian opposition issues ultimatum on peace talks

    Syria's main Western-backed opposition group said Monday that Iran must commit publicly within hours to withdraw its 'troops and militias' from Syria and abide by a 2012 transitional roadmap, or else the U.N.

    • Jan. 20, 2014
  13. U.S. ship prepping for Syrian chemical arms mission

    A cargo ship is being outfitted in Virginia with sophisticated technology capable of destroying Syria's chemical weapons.

    • Jan. 2, 2014
  14. UN finds systematic disappearances in Syria

    A U.N. panel probing war crimes in Syria reported Thursday that people around the country are systematically vanishing without a trace as part of a widespread campaign of terror against civilians.

    • Dec. 19, 2013
  15. Hagel: U.S. continues support of Syrian moderates

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the U.S. will continue to support the moderate opposition in Syria, but non-lethal aid will be suspended until the U.S.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  16. Rebel fighters battle with Syrian pro-government forces Wednesday in Aleppo. Medo Halab / AFP via Getty Images

    Syrian rebel spokesman decries U.S., UK aid decision

    A U.S.-British decision to suspend nonlethal aid to opposition fighters in northern Syria was taken impulsively and in haste, a spokesman for Syria's main Western-backed rebel group said Thursday, adding that he hoped it would soon be reversed.

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  17. A rebel fighter aims his weapon as he stands amidst snow during clashes Wednesday with Syrian pro-government forces in the Salaheddin neighbourhood of Syria's northern city of Aleppo. Medo Halab / AFP

    U.S. suspends non-lethal aid to northern Syria

    The United States has suspended all non-lethal assistance destined for rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's forces in northern Syria, U.S. officials said Wednesday, citing fears the aid could fall into the hands of al-Qaida linked militants.

    • Dec. 11, 2013
  18. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, South African Navi Pillay speaks during a news conference Monday at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The United Nations human rights chief says there is mounting evidence that Syrian government officials, including President Bashar Assad, are responsible for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Pillay says a U.N. panel investigating abuses in Syria's civil war has produced 'massive evidence' of crimes that 'indicates responsibility at the highest level of government, including the head of state.' Salvatore Di Nolfi / AP

    Syria crimes evidence 'indicates' Assad role, U.N. says

    A growing body of evidence collected by U.N. investigators points to the involvement of senior Syrian officials, including President Bashar Assad, in crimes against humanity and war crimes, the U.N.'s top human rights official said Monday.

    • Dec. 2, 2013
  19. Syrian Muslim rebel groups say they have unified

    Powerful Syrian Islamic rebel brigades announced Friday their merger into a single organization, a step meant to hold off surging government forces and stop rival groups from seizing more opposition-held territory.

    • Nov. 22, 2013
  20. Opposition fighters from the Thu Al-Nurein brigade prepare to fire a homemade cannon in Syria's northern city of Aleppo during clashes Wednesday with government forces. Nur Halab / AFP via Getty Images

    EU president says no military solution in Syria

    The conflict in Syria cannot be resolved by military means and the EU is working hard to bring about a negotiated political solution, EU President Herman Van Rompuy said Thursday.

    • Nov. 21, 2013
  21. Watchdog: Syrian weapons destruction at sea possible

    Destroying Syria's stockpile of poison gas and nerve agents at sea is a possible alternative to finding a country willing to host the destruction, a spokesman for the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 20, 2013
  22. Lebanese citizens carry a dead body Tuesday after two explosions struck near the Iranian Embassy, killing many, in Beirut, Lebanon. The area is a stronghold of the militant Hezbollah group, which is a main ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the civil war next door. It's not clear if the blasts are related to Syria's civil war. Hussein Malla / AP

    Suicide blasts near Iran Embassy in Beirut kill 23

    Two suicide bombers detonated explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in a mainly Shiite district of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attaché, apparently in retaliation for the Lebanese group Hezbollah's su

    • Nov. 19, 2013
  23. A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army runs in a street of Aleppo's Salah al-Din neighbourhood during fighting Monday against Syrian government forces. An estimated 120,000 people have been killed and millions displaced by Syria's civil war. Karam al-Masri / AFP via Getty Images

    Russian official: Syrian opposition warms up to talks

    Russia on Tuesday urged Syrian President Bashar Assad's government to cooperate with the opposition in fighting 'terrorists' and encouraged the regime to speed up the deliveries of humanitarian aid to the population — a call that reflects Moscow's attempt

    • Nov. 19, 2013
  24. No EU nation candidate to destroy Syria gas

    Not a single European Union nation came forward on Monday offering to host the destruction of Syria's poison gas stockpile, with many instead calling for the arsenal to be eradicated close to Syria itself.

    • Nov. 18, 2013
  25. Syria-based groups say talks may be 'last chance'

    A coalition of Syria-based opposition groups warned Monday that a proposed international peace conference to negotiate an end to the three-year conflict might be the 'last chance' for a solution.

    • Nov. 11, 2013
  26. Inspectors verify 22 of Syria's 23 chemical sites

    International experts have verified all but one of Syria's 23 declared chemical weapons sites after receiving video and photographic evidence that shows a facility near the contested northern city of Aleppo has been dismantled and abandoned, the inspector

    • Nov. 7, 2013
  27. Struggle for Syria talks comes as aid needs spike

    Diplomats ran into repeated hurdles Tuesday in their efforts to convene a peace conference on Syria this year.

    • Nov. 5, 2013
  28. Syria peace envoy: No talks without opposition

    The U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria warned on Friday in Damascus that there can be no peace talks without the opposition while making yet another plea for both sides in the civil war to come to the negotiating table in Geneva later this month.

    • Nov. 1, 2013
  29. Israel strikes Russian weapons shipment in Syria

    Israeli warplanes attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, officials said Thursday, a development that threatened to add another volatile layer to regional tensions from the Syrian civil war.

    • Oct. 31, 2013
  30. OPCW: Syria destroys chemical arms equipment

    Syria has completed destruction of critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and filling munitions with poison gas, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday.

    • Oct. 31, 2013
  31. Syria sacks deputy PM who met U.S. officials

    Syria's president sacked a deputy prime minister who met Western officials to discuss the possibility of holding a peace conference, saying he acted without permission.

    • Oct. 30, 2013
  32. Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria miss deadline

    International inspectors overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile have missed an early deadline in a brutally tight schedule after security concerns prevented them from visiting two sites linked to Damascus' chemical program.

    • Oct. 29, 2013
  33. Watchdog: Syria has filed chemical weapon details

    Syria has filed details of its poison gas and nerve agent program and an initial plan to destroy it to the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the organization said Sunday.

    • Oct. 27, 2013
  34. This image made from video made from Syrian state television shows the aftermath of a truck bomb attack Sunday in Hama, Syria. AP

    Extremist groups hobble Syrian peace negotiations

    Violent extremists seeking to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad may instead have hurt negotiations to replace him, frustrating Western diplomats who continue to push for his ouster as a necessary part of a peace agreement in the Mideast nation's blo

    • Oct. 22, 2013
  35. An opposition fighter holds a position on the front line in Syria's northeastern city of Deir Ezzor Tuesday. Ahmad Aboud / AFP via Getty Images

    Syrian official floats Nov. 23-24 for peace talks

    Syria's deputy prime minister on Thursday floated Nov.

    • Oct. 17, 2013
  36. State TV: Top Syrian army general killed in battle

    A top Syrian army general has been killed in fighting with rebels, state-run Syrian television reported Thursday, as the country's deputy prime minister floated Nov. 23-24 as possible dates for talks on a political solution to the conflict.

    • Oct. 17, 2013
  37. Amnesty urges Egypt to stop detaining Syrians

    An international human rights group urged Egypt on Thursday to end its policy of unlawfully detaining Syrian refugees, including children, and forcibly returning them to their homeland where civil war is raging.

    • Oct. 17, 2013
  38. Weapons inspectors check 11 sites in Syria

    International inspectors have visited 11 sites linked to Syria's chemical weapons program and destroyed 'critical equipment' at six, the agency overseeing the elimination of the country's stockpile said Wednesday.

    • Oct. 16, 2013
  39. A man runs for cover after alleged shelling Tuesday by Syrian government forces on the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood of northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Karam al-Masri / AFP via Getty Images

    Scores killed as violence rages across Syria

    Syrian activists say that two days of heavy clashes between Kurdish fighters and al-Qaida-linked rebels in the northeast have killed at least 41 on both sides.

    • Oct. 16, 2013
  40. In this image taken from video obtained from the Shaam News Network, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke billows amid buildings at a bomb explosion Tuesday in Daraya, a countryside of Damscus, Syria. AP

    Syria fighting rages despite major Muslim holiday

    Syrian warplanes bombed several rebel-held areas Tuesday and opposition fighters fired mortar rounds and homemade rockets at Damascus on the first day of a major Muslim holiday, activists said.

    • Oct. 15, 2013
  41. Sailors from the aircraft carrier Nimitz participate in a search-and-rescue drill in the Red Sea last month. The ship is in its seventh month of deployment. MC3 Raul Moreno Jr. / Navy

    As Syria crisis fades, U.S. ships remain within striking distance

    The simmering Syrian crisis is driving fleet operations higher as a strike force of two flattops and 11 ships stand by in case the disarming of the Assad regime's chemical weapons breaks down.

    • Oct. 11, 2013
  42. A Libyan rebel brandishing a SA-7 model Syria's shoulder-fired anti-aircraft weapon in the oil town of Ras Lanouf, in eastern Libya in this 2001 file photo. The Syrian government's shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles and launchers could imperil civil aviation if they fall into the hands of terror groups, according to an independent report examining the global proliferation of portable missiles. Hussein Malla / AP

    Report warns of threat of loose missiles in Syria

    The Syrian government's shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles and launchers could imperil civil aviation if they fall into the hands of terror groups, according to an independent report examining the global proliferation of portable missiles.

    • Oct. 11, 2013
  43. In this Sept. 22, 2012 file photo, a Free Syrian Army fighter from the Al-Faruk brigade, center, steps on a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad, at the Tal Abyad, a Turkish-Syrian border crossing in eastern Syria. Hussein Malla / AP

    Report: Syrian rebels committed war crimes

    Jihadi-led rebel fighters in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and abducted more than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages, committing a war crime, an international human rights group said Friday.

    • Oct. 11, 2013
  44. Members of a chemical weapons investigation team take samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. AP

    Global chemical watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for working to eliminate the scourge that has haunted generations from World War I to the battlefields of Syria.

    • Oct. 11, 2013
  45. Syrian opposition fighters hold a position behind tires burning Wednesday in the Salaheddin district of the northern city of Aleppo. The U.N. hopes to organize cease-fires between rebels and government forces to ensure safe passage for international weapons inspectors. Tarek Abu al-Fahem / AFP via Getty Images

    Chemical weapons inspectors visit 3 Syria sites

    International inspectors have so far visited three sites linked to Syria's chemical weapons program, a spokesman said Thursday, as the team races to destroy the country's stockpile and delivery systems amid a raging civil war.

    • Oct. 10, 2013
  46. A poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad adorns a wall as a United Nations vehicle carrying inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons leaves a hotel in Wednesday in Damascus. Some 19 OPCW arms experts and 16 UN logistics and security personnel are in Syria and have started to destroy weapons production facilities. Louai Beshara / AFP via Getty Images

    Chemical watchdog chief: 20 Syrian sites to check

    The chief of the world's chemical weapons watchdog says the organization has to visit more than 20 sites in Syria as part of the unprecedented international mission to destroy the country's poison gas arsenal, including some where it may be necessary to n

    • Oct. 9, 2013
  47. U.N., watchdog to destroy Syrian weapons

    The United Nations secretary-general recommended Monday that approximately 100 people from the U.N. and the world's chemical weapons watchdog agency be part of an unprecedented and dangerous joint mission to eliminate Syria's poison gas stockpile.

    • Oct. 8, 2013
  48. Smoke rises from the battlefield as opposition fighters carry out an attack Monday on the Wadi al-Deef military post at the frontline in Maaret al-Numan in the Idlib province countryside of Syria. With much of the northern countryside now in opposition hands, a cat-and-mouse game has emerged over the past year as the rebels try to cut the government supply lines to the regime's remaining troops in the north. AP

    2nd chemical weapons team heading for Syria

    The chief of the global chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday the organization is sending a second team of inspectors to Syria to expand its high-stakes, high-risk mission to rid Syria of its poison gas stockpile.

    • Oct. 8, 2013
  49. U.N.: Destruction of Syrian chemical program begins

    International inspectors began destroying Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons and the machinery used to create it, a United Nations official said Sunday, racing under a tight deadline aiming to eliminate President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons program

    • Oct. 6, 2013

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