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- 06-26-03 Syria Protests U.S. Strike (BBC News)
"Syria says it has protested to the US Government over an American military strike thought to have been aimed at Saddam Hussein." 6-03
- 12-31-03 Bush Advisors See Syria, Iran, and North Korea as Next Targets (SMH.com.au - Rennie)
"Washington's hawks have sent a public manifesto to President George Bush demanding regime change in Syria and Iran and a Cuba-style military blockade of North Korea backed by planning for a pre-emptive strike on its nuclear sites." 12-03
- -12-12-05 U.N.: Top Syrian and Lebanese Officials Linked to Assassination (CNN News)
"The latest report from U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis says investigators still believe that 'top-ranked Syrian and Lebanese officials' were involved in the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri." 11-05
- 09-19-06 Panel: Innocent Man Captured by CIA, Sent to Syria, and Tortured (MSNBC News)
"Canadian intelligence officials passed false warnings and bad information to American agents about a Muslim Canadian citizen, after which U.S. authorities secretly whisked him to Syria, where he was tortured, a judicial report found Monday." 09-06
- -03-25-11 Rebellion in Syria Turns Deadly (Time.com)
"To date, there do not appear to be widespread calls for the fall of the regime, or the removal of the relatively popular president. Indeed, there were counter-demonstrations in the capital in support of the president, who can claim the backing of Syria's substantial minority groups as well as Syria's small but growing middle-class. Most of the many chants echoing across the country are for freedom, nationalism and peaceful protests." 3-11
- -04-29-11 Editorial: Syria's Assad Cracks Down on Protesters (New York Times)
"When Bashar al-Assad succeeded his father, Hafez, as Syria’s president in 2000, the United States and many others hoped that Syria might finally stop persecuting its people and become a more responsible regional power."
"That didn’t happen. Now Mr. Assad appears determined to join his father in the ranks of history’s blood-stained dictators, sending his troops and thugs to murder anyone who has the courage to demand political freedom." 04-11
- -04-29-11 Syrian Forces Shoot Protesters (New York Times)
"In the afternoon, residents said, hundreds tried to march to the town, either to break the siege or to bring food and medicine. As they approached, reportedly carrying olive branches and white sheets to signal their peacefulness, security forces opened fire."
" 'There was a lot of screaming,' Mr. Tarif said by phone, citing the accounts of residents there. 'It was a massacre. It was another bloody massacre.' " 04-11
- -12-01-11 Syria Now in Civil War (CBS News)
"The U.N.'s top human rights official says Syria is now in a state of civil war with more than 4,000 people killed.”
"Syrian President Bashar Assad has been trying to crush an 8-month-old revolt against his autocratic rule." 12-11
- -02-01-12 Syrian Soldier Defects and Tells His Story (New York Times)
"Ammar Cheikh Omar recalled the first time he was ordered to shoot into a crowd of protesters in Syria. He aimed his AK-47 just above their heads, prayed to God not to make him a killer and pulled the trigger." 02-12
- -02-11-12 Saudi King Criticizes Syrian Vetoes (New York Times)
"The king of Saudi Arabia inserted himself directly into the Syria crisis on Friday, castigating Russia and China for vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution over the weekend aimed at ending the Syrian government’s deadly repression of a nearly year-old uprising." 02-12
- -02-20-12 Iran Warns U.S. on Syria (New York Times)
"Two Iranian warships docked in a Syrian port on Monday as a senior Iranian lawmaker denounced American calls for arming the Syrian opposition, adding to the international tensions over the nearly yearlong crackdown by the government of President Bashar al-Assad." 02-12
- -02-22-12 Journalists Killed in Syria (ABC News)
"A U.S. and a French journalist were killed in the central Syrian city of Homs today, the 19th day of intense shelling by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad bent on quashing a growing opposition." 02-12
- -02-26-12 Hillary Clinton Criticizes Syrian Regime (Boston Herald)
"Syrians in the military and business who still support President Bashar Assad should turn against him, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday." 02-12
- -05-29-12 US and Other Nations Expel Syrian Diplomats (MSNBC News)
"The United States and a string of other nations expelled Syrian diplomats Tuesday, in response to a United Nations announcement that most of the 108 victims of the Houla violence had been executed."
"Images of bloodied, young bodies laid out in a shallow grave after Friday's onslaught triggered shock around the world and underlined the failure of a six-week-old U.N. cease-fire plan to stop the violence."
"Most of the victims were shot at close range. 'At this point it looks like entire families were shot in their houses,' Colville was quoted as saying by The Telegraph."
"U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanded that those who carried out the killings be held to account.'The United States will work with the international community to intensify our pressure on Assad and his cronies, whose rule by murder and fear must come to an end,' she said." 05-12
- -07-18-12 Blast Against Assad in Syria Changes the Situation (Time.com)
"Once he has ordered his security forces to exact a bloody revenge for the assassination of four key members of his inner circle in a spectacular bomb attack on the Syrian regime’s counterrevolutionary nerve center on Wednesday, President Bashar Assad will face the challenge of replacing those slain comrades."
"But by killing four of the key figures in security structure (curiously enough, they included two Alawites, a Christian and a Sunni) that has overseen the 18-month crackdown on the uprising that has claimed 16,000 lives, the rebels have struck a devastating blow at a critical moment — and challenged the regime’s coherence." 07-12
- -01-29-13 Syrian President Assad's Wife (NBC News)
"Asma Assad, 37, was born in London to upper-class Syrians. She was an investment banker before leaving England for Syria, where she married Assad two months after he assumed the presidency in 2000. Before him, his father Hafez Assad ruled the country for 30 years."
"Asma Assad had also become a controversial figure, with diplomatic wives around the world pleading with her to reason with her husband. Around the same time, a hacker had released thousands of emails from the Assads’ email accounts, revealing Asma Assad’s love for Chanel dresses and crystal-encrusted Louboutin shoes – and also her fierce loyalty to her husband and his hard-line approach." 01-13
- -04-25-13 White House: Small-Scale Chemical Weapons Used in Syria (NBC News)
"Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the U.S. believes "with some degree of varying confidence" the Syrian government has used chemical weapons -- specifically the nerve agent sarin -- against its own people."
"Hagel could not say whether Syria had crossed the 'red line' laid down by President Obama, who has said evidence that chemical weapons were used would be a 'game-changer' in whether the U.S. intervenes in the Syrian civil war." 04-13
- -06-13-13 U.S.: Syria Has Used Chemical Weapons on Rebels (New York Times)
"American intelligence analysts now believe that President Bashar al-Assad’s troops have used chemical weapons against rebel forces in the civil war in Syria, an assessment that will put added pressure on a deeply divided Obama administration to develop a response to a provocation that the president himself has declared a 'red line.' " 06-13
- 08-27-13 Editorial: A Military Strike Against Syria Would Be Unwise (Truth-Out.org)
"Given this depressing state of affairs, a decisive outcome for either side would be unacceptable for the United States. An Iranian-backed restoration of the Assad regime would increase Iran's power and status across the entire Middle East, while a victory by the extremist-dominated rebels would inaugurate another wave of Al Qaeda terrorism." 08-13
- -09-15-13 U.S. and Russia Reach Deal on Syria's Chemical Weapons (Time.com)
"A high-stakes diplomatic summit aimed at averting a military strike has yielded a plan between the United States and Russia to rid Syria of its chemical weapons and production capability by 'in the first half of 2014,' according to a framework agreement released by the State Department Saturday." 09-13