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Syria peace talks effort stalls

Fledgling efforts to promote peace talks in the Syrian conflict appear to have stalled, even as the death toll rises daily and the rebellion nears its second anniversary. The major exile opposition group, irate over what it calls a “shameful” … Continue reading

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U.S. diplomat chides Iran for ‘unhelpful role’ on Syria

The U.S. ambassador to Syria on Friday criticized Iran’s “unhelpful” role in the Syrian conflict and appealed for more from Russia to help the refugees fleeing their war-torn homeland. “Iran is playing a very unhelpful role in terms of moving … Continue reading

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Bashar al-Assad’s mother has fled Syria, US ambassador claims

Anisa Makhlouf, the president’s mother, has reportedly gone to the United Arab Emirates amid signs that her son’s grip on power is weakening while his sister, Bushra, fled to Dubai. “Members of the regime, little by little, are flaking off,” … Continue reading

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Russian ships to pick up munitions and head to Syria

Two Russian ships heading for a naval exercise off Syria this month are picking up munitions to drop at the Syrian port of Tartous, news agencies reported on Thursday. Russia has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main foreign protector during … Continue reading

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Syrians cautious of U.S. push to overhaul opposition

Members of Syria’s opposition-in-exile bristled Thursday at the Obama administration’s suggestion that Washington will handpick more representative leaders at a crucial conference in Qatar next week. The new U.S. push appears aimed at creating a unified leadership that could work … Continue reading

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Israel, Syria trade accusations at U.N. nuclear meeting

Syria, itself suspected of illicit nuclear activity, accused the West at a major U.N. meeting on Wednesday of double standards in implicitly condoning an Israeli atomic arsenal and warned of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Israel hit … Continue reading

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Mideast Unrest Intensifies Debate on U.S. Intervention in Syria

In recent weeks, the growing death toll in Syria pushed that country’s civil war to the top of the Obama administration’s agenda, with some Arab leaders pressing harder for a greater American role in toppling Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad. Then … Continue reading

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Syria must end nuclear stonewalling, conflict no excuse: U.S.

The United States accused Syria on Friday of using the “brutal repression” of its people waging an uprising as an excuse not to address U.N. nuclear watchdog concerns about suspected past illicit nuclear activity in the Arab state. For its … Continue reading

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Editorial: Watching and waiting as Syria’s violence spreads

For months, some Obama administration officials have argued that it would be unwise to supply arms to Syrian rebels because doing so could fuel a sectarian war that could lead to the empowerment of extremists and spread beyond Syria’s borders. … Continue reading

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U.S. intervention in Syria appears unlikely, say officials

A sharp escalation in fighting and civilian deaths in Syria, pleas for help from rebel fighters and a tide of war-zone refugees are focusing American attention on a high-stakes Mideast conflict nine weeks before the U.S. presidential election. Yet, as … Continue reading

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