Bashar Assad http://www.kunc.org en U.N. Team Looking At Attacks Assad Blamed On Rebels http://www.kunc.org/post/un-team-looking-attacks-assad-blamed-rebels After the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=157237915" target="_blank">Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack</a> near Damascus that reportedly killed more than 1,000 people and has been blamed on Bashar Assad's regime, the Syrian president's ambassador to the U.N. claimed that opposition forces had used such weapons at least three times in the days immediately after.<p>As <a href="http://rt.com/news/syria-investigate-un-chemical-116/" target="_blank">Russia's RT.com reported on Aug. 28</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said he had requested of U.N. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 50117 at http://www.kunc.org U.N. Team Looking At Attacks Assad Blamed On Rebels U.N. Must Battle 'Cold Logic Of Mass Graves,' Obama Says http://www.kunc.org/post/un-must-battle-cold-logic-mass-graves-obama-says While conceding that nations will disagree about when and how to step in as "tyrants ... commit wanton murder," President Obama told the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday that "we must get better" at preventing atrocities.<p>The president again laid out his case for strong international action to hold Syrian President Bashar Assad accountable for his regime's alleged use of chemical weapons. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 14:08:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49986 at http://www.kunc.org U.N. Must Battle 'Cold Logic Of Mass Graves,' Obama Says Assad: Syria Is Committed To 'Full Requirements' Of Agreement http://www.kunc.org/post/assad-syria-committed-full-requirements-agreement <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8aubUmCTh0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2J6xHRMFuU</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 23:29:00 +0000 49777 at http://www.kunc.org Assad Regime Hails Chemical Weapons Deal As 'Victory' For Syria http://www.kunc.org/post/assad-regime-hails-chemical-weapons-deal-victory-syria One day after the United States and Russia announced a deal to rid Syria of its chemical weapons, the first official reaction has emerged from the Syrian regime, which calls it a "victory." Syria's rebels are criticizing the plan, saying it doesn't punish President Bashar Assad.<p>The plan, which details the extent of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, calls for the weapons' destruction by the middle of next year. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:53:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49621 at http://www.kunc.org Assad Regime Hails Chemical Weapons Deal As 'Victory' For Syria Kerry's Meeting With Russian Is Next Key Moment In Syria Crisis http://www.kunc.org/post/kerrys-meeting-russian-next-key-moment-syria-crisis Now that President Obama has <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/10/221154902/live-blog-obama-addresses-the-nation-on-syria" target="_blank">made his case to the nation</a> for holding Syrian President Bashar Assad responsible for a chemical weapons attack last month near Damascus, the next key moment in the quickly evolving crisis appears to be Thursday's meeting in Geneva between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.<p>Russia has proposed — and the Assad regime has reportedly accepted — that the Syrian government hand over its chemical wea Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 49452 at http://www.kunc.org Kerry's Meeting With Russian Is Next Key Moment In Syria Crisis