Bashar Assad

8:01am

Fri September 27, 2013
World

U.N. Team Looking At Attacks Assad Blamed On Rebels

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 8:57 am

A convoy of U.N. vehicles with chemical weapons experts on board head out on Friday to do more work as the investigate allegations of chemical weapons use in near Damascus.
Louai Beshara AFP/Getty Images

After the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack 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.

As Russia's RT.com reported on Aug. 28:

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8:08am

Tue September 24, 2013
Politics

U.N. Must Battle 'Cold Logic Of Mass Graves,' Obama Says

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:09 pm

President Obama addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations in New York.
Timothy Clary AFP/Getty Images

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.

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. Then Obama told world leaders that:

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5:29pm

Wed September 18, 2013

6:53am

Sun September 15, 2013
World

Assad Regime Hails Chemical Weapons Deal As 'Victory' For Syria

Originally published on Sun September 15, 2013 10:06 am

The Syrian regime calls a new deal on its chemical weapons a victory, in a reaction that came one day after the U.S. and Russia announced the plan. On Saturday, live coverage of the the deal drew the attention of a Damascus flower shop owner.
Anwar Amro AFP/Getty Images

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.

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5:03am

Wed September 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Kerry's Meeting With Russian Is Next Key Moment In Syria Crisis

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:00 am

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday as he testified before the House Armed Services Committee.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images
  • From the NPR Newscast: Jean Cochran rounds up the latest news about the crisis in Syria

Now that President Obama has made his case to the nation 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.

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