Syria

9:20am

Fri October 4, 2013
World

Do You Know What The U.S. Government Is Up To In Syria?

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 7:47 am

Syrian youths line up for food distribution in the Maiber al-Salam refugee camp in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey. The U.S. government has provided more than $1.5 billion in aid to Syrians since the uprising began in 2011.
Dimitar Dilkoff AFP/Getty Images

Mark Ward is the U.S. State Department's senior adviser on assistance to Syria, and when he heard the Syrian border town of Azaz was overrun by an offshoot of al-Qaida in September, he knew it was time to get creative again.

"You always have to have a plan B in this kind of work," he says.

Ward is based in Turkey. His job is to oversee a growing and unusual U.S. humanitarian assistance program in rebel-held areas in seven provinces across northern Syria.

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11:29am

Thu October 3, 2013
World

Weapons Inspectors Report Progress In Syria

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 12:26 pm

A convoy of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons crosses into Syria at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa on Tuesday.
Bilal Hussein AP

An international team overseeing the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons program reports that it's making "encouraging initial progress," according to the United Nations.

"Documents handed over [Wednesday] by the Syrian Government look promising, according to team members," the United Nations said in a statement on Thursday.

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6:54am

Tue October 1, 2013
World

Chemical Weapons Disarmament Team Arrives In Syria

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 8:53 am

A U.N. convoy crosses the Lebanon-Syria border Tuesday, as a chemical weapons disarmament team crosses into Syria to begin the task of inventorying the country's arsenal of banned weapons.
STR AFP/Getty Images

A team of chemical weapons experts has arrived in Syria, where they will begin the long and complicated task of destroying the country's chemical weapons arsenal. Under a plan endorsed by the U.N. Security Council, the weapons are to be destroyed by next June.

Syria is wracked by a civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people and forced more than 2 million others to flee the country, according to recent U.N. figures.

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9:59am

Mon September 30, 2013
Politics

Obama And Netanyahu Discuss Iran And Syria At White House

Originally published on Sun October 6, 2013 7:03 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives Monday at the White House to meet with President Obama. The two are expected to discuss Iran's nuclear program, Syria's civil war, and peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
Susan Walsh AP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is at the White House, meeting with President Obama to discuss security and intelligence matters, including Iran's nuclear program.

The White House says the two will discuss "final status negotiations with the Palestinians, as well as developments in Iran, Syria and elsewhere in the region."

Update at 4:45 p.m. ET: Leaders Describe Their Meeting

The White House has released a transcript of the two leaders discussing their meeting. Below are some highlights.

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4:11pm

Fri September 27, 2013
World

U.N. Ambassador: U.S. Got What It Sought With Syria Resolution

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 6:31 pm

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power.
Richard Drew AP

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