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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
  50. Weapons inspectors report progress in Syria

    International inspectors racing to meet a mid-2014 deadline to eliminate Syria's chemical stockpile said Thursday they have made 'encouraging initial progress' in their mission, and hope to start onsite inspections and begin disabling equipment within the

    • Oct. 3, 2013
  51. A female rebel fighter fixes the scope of her Belgium-made FAL rifle Wednesday in the Salaheddin district of the war-battered northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Karam al-Masri / AFP/Getty Images

    Syrian rebels urge rival groups to end infighting

    Six Syrian rebel groups called on al-Qaida and its rival Western-backed rebels to end their infighting in northern Syria as international inspectors tasked with overseeing the destruction of the government's chemical arsenal pressed on with their second f

    • Oct. 3, 2013
  52. Weapons experts begin Syria mission amid clashes

    As deadly clashes raged on the edge of Damascus, international inspectors left their hotel on Wednesday to start work on the task of destroying Syria's chemical arsenal under the tightest of deadlines in the midst of a civil war.

    • Oct. 2, 2013
  53. U.N. urges immediate humanitarian access to Syria

    The U.N. Security Council called Wednesday for immediate access into Syria to provide desperately needed aid, expressing alarm at the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation.

    • Oct. 2, 2013
  54. Chemical weapons inspectors cross into Syria

    Wading into the world spotlight, international inspectors arrived in Damascus on Tuesday to begin the monumental task of overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons in the middle of a civil war.

    • Oct. 1, 2013
  55. Russia: Armed Syrian rebels could join peace talks

    'Reasonable' Syrian rebels could take part in prospective peace talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday.

    • Oct. 1, 2013
  56. A convoy of United Nations vehicles carrying a team of UN experts investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria is seen Monday at the Lebanon-Syria border. AFP/Getty Images

    Weapons experts kick off complex Syria mission

    Inspectors charged with the enormous task of overseeing the destruction of Syria's deadly chemical weapons stockpiles kicked off their mission Monday, racing to meet tight deadlines against the backdrop of civil war.

    • Sep. 30, 2013
  57. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel looks through binoculars to observe training Sept. 30 at the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex (RLFC), just miles south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), in Panmunjom, South Korea. Jacquelyn Martin / AFP/Getty Images

    Hagel at DMZ: N. Korea watching Syria developments

    Standing just steps from the heavily armed border with North Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday that Pyongyang is closely watching the international response to Syria's use of chemical weapons against its own people.

    • Sep. 30, 2013
  58. A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon towards government forces during clashes Sunday in Telata village, a frontline located at the top of a mountain in the Idlib, a northwest province countryside of Syria. Syria's foreign minister claimed Monday that his government is fighting a war against al-Qaida-linked militants who eat human hearts and dismember people while they are still alive, then send their limbs to family members. AP

    Syria says 'terrorists' eat human hearts

    Syria's foreign minister claimed Monday that his government is fighting a war against al-Qaida-linked militants who eat human hearts and dismember people while they are still alive, then send their limbs to family members.

    • Sep. 30, 2013
  59. Syria refugee crisis hurting region's economy, U.N. says

    The exodus of Syrians from their country threatens economic development throughout the Middle East because neighboring nations cannot cope with the influx of refugees, a top U.N. official said Monday. A U.S.

    • Sep. 30, 2013
  60. Deal reached on U.N. resolution on Syria weapons

    The inspectors responsible for tracking down Syria's chemical arms stockpile and verifying its destruction plan to start work in Syria by Tuesday.

    • Sep. 27, 2013
  61. Experts push for Syrian war crimes court

    A group of international war crimes experts is calling for the creation of a war crimes court in Damascus to try top-ranking Syrian politicians and soldiers when the country's civil war ends.

    • Sep. 27, 2013
  62. Russia to help guard Syrian weapons destruction

    Russia offered on Thursday to provide troops to guard facilities where Syria's chemical weapons would be destroyed, as U.N. inspectors prepared to continue their probe on the use of such agents in the country's civil war.

    • Sep. 26, 2013
  63. Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he does not discount the possibility of a U.S. military attack even though threatened action was forestalled when he agreed to give up chemical weapons. He also said that he has confessions from rebels that they brought chemical weapons into the civil war-wracked nation. AFP/Getty Images

    Assad says he doesn't rule out U.S. attack

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he does not discount the possibility of a U.S. military attack even though threatened action was forestalled when he agreed to give up chemical weapons.

    • Sep. 26, 2013
  64. Foreign weapons sent to rebels in Syria worry Iraq

    Iraq's top diplomat warned outside nations Wednesday not to send military aid to Syria's rebellion for fear they could assist jihadist groups that he said might have a role in a future government in Damascus.

    • Sep. 26, 2013
  65. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman speaks Tuesday during a bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama at the United Nations headquarters. Suleiman said his country was struggling under the weight of at least a million Syrian refugees as the U.S. pledged tens of millions of dollars in aid to offset the costs of the war spillover. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Lebanon president laments burden of Syria refugees

    Lebanon's president said Tuesday that his country was struggling under the weight of at least a million Syrian refugees as the U.S. pledged tens of millions of dollars in aid to offset the costs of the war spillover.

    • Sep. 25, 2013
  66. A Free Syrian Army fighter reloads a mortar tube before an attack Friday on government forces in Kafr Nboudah village, Idlib province, northern Syria. Several Syrian rebel groups, including a powerful al-Qaida-linked faction, said Wednesday they reject the authority of the Western-backed opposition coalition that includes the Free Syrian Army. AP

    Rebel groups slam Western-backed opposition

    Several Syrian rebel groups, including a powerful al-Qaida-linked faction, said Wednesday they reject the authority of the Western-backed opposition coalition, as U.N.

    • Sep. 25, 2013
  67. President Barack Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Richard Drew / AP

    Obama: Syrian chemical weapon ban must be enforced

    President Barack Obama said Tuesday the U.N. Security Council must agree to a resolution on Syrian chemical weapons that includes consequences for President Bashar Assad if he doesn't meet demands to dismantle his stockpile.

    • Sep. 24, 2013
  68. Officials: U.S., Russia still at odds over Syria

    U.S. and Russian negotiators remain at odds on a U.N.

    • Sep. 24, 2013
  69. U.N. chief urges leaders to stop fueling Syria war

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged world leaders on Tuesday to stop fueling the bloodshed in Syria with weapons and get both sides to the negotiating table to end the 'biggest challenge to peace and security in the world.'

    • Sep. 24, 2013
  70. In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview Monday with Chinese state CCTV, in Damascus, Syria. HO / AFP/Getty Images

    Assad: Syria will allow access to chemical sites

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said his government will allow international experts access to its chemical weapons sites, but cautioned in an interview broadcast Monday that rebels might block them from reaching some of the locations.

    • Sep. 23, 2013
  71. A general view of the Kawergost refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq, which is 217 miles north of Baghdad. The long civil war in Syria has driven about 2 million people into neighboring countries. Khalid Mohammed/AP

    U.S. faces tough challenges to deliver aid in Syria

    As the Syrian crisis rages and debate heats up over Syria's chemical weapons, U.S.

    • Sep. 23, 2013
  72. An Syrian opposition fighter runs in a street in Damascus' northern neighbourhood of Ashrafiyeh on during clashes Sunday with Syria's government forces. Ward al-Keswani/AFP via Getty Images

    Al-Qaida: Syrian rebels kill jihadist leader

    An Al-Qaida group in Syria says one of its top commanders in Syria was killed in an ambush by rival, Western-backed rebels in a northern province.

    • Sep. 23, 2013
  73. Mortar round lands in Russian Embassy in Damascus

    A mortar round landed inside the Russian Embassy compound in Damascus on Sunday, state media said, as Moscow said it was willing to send military observers to secure Syrian efforts to surrender its chemical weapons to international control.

    • Sep. 22, 2013
  74. For Obama, diplomatic openings on 3 fronts

    President Obama arrives at the United Nations on Monday with diplomatic openings, the result of help from unexpected partners, on three fronts: Iran, Syria, and elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

    • Sep. 22, 2013
  75. Syrian opposition fighters react while returning from the battlefield Thursday in the village of Kafr Nabuda, in the Idlib province countryside. Syria's main Western-backed opposition group on Friday slammed al-Qaida-linked gunmen and their expanding influence in the country, saying the jihadis' push to establish an Islamic state undermines the rebels' struggle for a free Syria. AP

    Syrian opposition slams al-Qaida-linked militants

    Al-Qaida militants fought heavy street battles against Kurdish gunmen in northern Syria on Friday but reached a cease-fire with mainstream Western-backed rebels after fierce fighting near the border with Turkey.

    • Sep. 20, 2013
  76. Secretary of State John Kerry and Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans shake hands after making statements to reporters about efforts to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons Friday at the State Department in Washington. Charles Dharapak / AP

    Syria sends OPCW chemical weapons inventory

    Syria has sent the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons an 'initial declaration' outlining its weapons program, the organization said Friday.

    • Sep. 20, 2013
  77. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement to the press on Syria and the United Nations at the U.S. Department of State in Washington on Sept. 19. State Department

    Kerry: U.N. must pass resolution on Syrian weapons

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday called on the U.N.

    • Sep. 19, 2013
  78. Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks Thursday during the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Novgorod Region, on the banks of Lake Valdai, Russia, Thursday. The Russian leader said he has strong grounds to believe that Syrian rebels were responsible for the country's chemical attack. Maxim Shipenkov / AP

    Putin: Syria chemical attack sly rebel provocation

    Russia has strong grounds to believe that Syrian rebels were responsible for the country's chemical attack, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

    • Sep. 19, 2013
  79. Rebel fighters shoot over a barricade towards regime positions Wednesday in the Old City's front line in Aleppo. The trajectory of the rockets that delivered the nerve agent sarin in last month's deadly attack is among the key evidence linking elite Syrian troops based in the mountains overlooking Damascus to the strike that killed hundreds of people, diplomats and human rights officials said Wednesday. J.M. Lopez / AFP via Getty Images

    Rocket trajectory links Syrian military to attack

    The trajectory of the rockets that delivered the nerve agent sarin in last month's deadly attack is among the key evidence linking elite Syrian troops based in the mountains overlooking Damascus to the strike that killed hundreds of people, diplomats and

    • Sep. 19, 2013
  80. Assad denies his forces conducted chemical attack

    Syrian President Bashar Assad says a United Nations report finding 'clear and convincing evidence' that sarin nerve gas was used in Syria painted an 'unrealistic' account, and he denied his government orchestrated the attack.

    • Sep. 19, 2013
  81. Chemical weapons organization to discuss Syria

    Members of the world's chemical weapons watchdog will meet Sunday to discuss how to fast-track moves to secure and destroy Syria's poison gas and nerve agent arsenal, a spokesman said Thursday.

    • Sep. 19, 2013
  82. Rebel fighters duck as they run behind a barricade to avoid being fired at by Syrian regime forces Wednesday in the Old City's front line in Aleppo. Syrian rebel forces are fracturing, as al-Qaida-linked gunmen have captured a town near the Turkish border after heavy fighting with the Northern Storm Brigade. J.M. Lopez / AFP via Getty Images

    Jihadis capture northern Syrian town near Turkey

    Al-Qaida militants in northern Syria captured a town near the Turkish border Thursday following heavy clashes with Western-backed rebels, prompting the closure of a nearby frontier crossing, activists and Turkish officials said.

    • Sep. 19, 2013
  83. In this image provided by Southern Methodist University former Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates, left, and Leon Panetta, center, discussed their thoughts on Syria and other current affairs with CNN political analyst David Gergen, right, at a forum Tuesday at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Clayton Smith / AP

    Gates, Panetta question Obama's Syria strategy

    President Obama's first two defense secretaries on Tuesday night questioned his Syria strategy and said they would have told him not to seek Congress' approval for a strike on President Bashar Assad's forces.

    • Sep. 18, 2013
  84. U.N. report suggests Assad regime behind sarin attack

    A U.N. inspectors report on last month's chemical weapons attack in Syria suggests the rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were fired from the regime's elite military units based in mountains overlooking Damascus.

    • Sep. 18, 2013
  85. Syria gives Russia chemical weapons evidence

    Syria has turned over materials to Russia which aim to show that a chemical weapons attack last month was carried out by rebels, a top Russian diplomat visiting Damascus and a Syrian official said Wednesday.

    • Sep. 18, 2013
  86. Syrian rebels demand response after U.N. report

    Syria's main opposition group on Tuesday demanded a swift international response following the U.N.

    • Sep. 17, 2013
  87. Russia against use of force in Syria resolution

    Moscow is insisting that a new United Nations resolution on Syria not allow the use of force, but Russia's foreign minister appeared to suggest Tuesday that the issue could be reconsidered if Syria violates an agreement on abandoning its chemical weapons.

    • Sep. 17, 2013
  88. U.N.: 'Convincing evidence' of Syria chemical attack

    United Nations inspectors said Monday there is 'clear and convincing evidence' that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people in the country's civil war.

    • Sep. 16, 2013
  89. Rouhani: Iran will accept any elected Syria ruler

    Iran's President Hasan Rouhani says his country will accept anyone as ruler of Syria who is elected by the Syrian people, the official news agency reported Monday.

    • Sep. 16, 2013
  90. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks to his car after arriving at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 15. Larry Downing / AP

    Kerry warns Syria: 'Threat of force is real'

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday sent a strong warning to Syria, saying 'the threat of force is real' if it does not carry out an internationally brokered agreement to hand over its chemical weapons.

    • Sep. 15, 2013
  91. President Obama reaches to shakes hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sept. 5. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

    Obama: Russia doesn't share U.S. 'values' in Syria

    President Obama says a U.S.-Russian agreement offers a chance to destroy Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons and promises to end the threat they pose to Syrians and the world.

    • Sep. 15, 2013

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