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Turkey, US agree Assad needs to go for a free Syria

Turkey, US agree Assad needs to go for a free Syria

May 17, AP – In a rainy press conference in the White House’s Rose Garden Thursday, Obama reaffirmed to his NATO ally that the United States is committed to mutual security. He also expressed his condolences for last weekend’s deadly bombings in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli. On Syria, Obama said: “We’re going to keep increasing the pressure […]

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John Kerry warns Syria to attend transition talks

John Kerry warns Syria to attend transition talks

May 15, AP – Kerry said he has every expectation that both sides in the conflict, which has left more than 70,000 dead, will participate in an international conference to negotiate a peaceful transition in Syria. The conference, which Kerry said likely will be held in early June, is noteworthy because it will be endorsed […]

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Despite car bombing Turkey says it won’t be drawn into Syria conflict

Despite car bombing Turkey says it won’t be drawn into Syria conflict

May 13, ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The bombings left 46 people dead and marked the biggest incident of violence across the border since the start of Syria’s bloody civil war, raising fears of Turkey being pulled deeper into a conflict that threatens to destabilize the region. Turkey’s prime minister vowed Sunday his country won’t be […]

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9 detained in connection with car bombings in Turkey

9 detained in connection with car bombings in Turkey

May 12, AP – The bombings left 46 people dead and marked the biggest incident of violence across the border since the start of Syria’s bloody civil war, raising fears of Turkey being pulled deeper into the conflict. Nine Turkish citizens believed to have links to the Syrian intelligence agency have been detained in connection […]

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Readying new diplomatic and military push, US feels out Russia again

Readying new diplomatic and military push, US feels out Russia again

May 5, AP – This renewed effort starts with Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Moscow this coming week for talks with leaders in Russia, the Syrian government’s most powerful international friend. Russia, alongside China, has blocked U.S.-led efforts three times at the United Nations to pressure Assad into stepping down. The U.S. hopes […]

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US ponders chemical weapons response

US ponders chemical weapons response

May 3, AP – Arriving at the beginning of a visit to Mexico on Thursday evening, Obama confirmed comments earlier in the day by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who said that arming the rebels was an option that the US was considering along with its allies. Obama said his administration was “continually evaluating the […]

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US, UN call for deeper look into allegations of chemical weapons in Syria

US, UN call for deeper look into allegations of chemical weapons in Syria

April 30, AP – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel refused to discuss whether the US could take unilateral action against the Syrian regime or if the administration would act only in concert with allies. The Obama administration announced last week that US intelligence had concluded that Syrian government forces likely used chemical agents against rebels in […]

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Syrian chemical weapons use not up to UN standard

Syrian chemical weapons use not up to UN standard

April 27, AP – Weapons inspectors will only determine whether banned chemical agents were used in the two-year-old conflict if they are able to access sites and take soil, blood, urine or tissue samples and examine them in certified laboratories, according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which works with the […]

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Israeli army intelligence says Syria regime used chemical weapons

Israeli army intelligence says Syria regime used chemical weapons

April 23, AP – Israeli military’s top intelligence analyst alleged Tuesday that the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons, possibly nerve gas, on a number of occasions during the nation’s bloody civil war. The Israeli army has accused Damascus of using chemical weapons in the fight against anti-government forces. The remarks came as US Defense […]

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