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UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 1:15 p.m.

Chemical weapons team in Syria kept from alleged attack site

Syrian and Russian authorities prevented independent investigators from going to the scene of a suspected chemical attack, the head of the chemical watchdog group said Monday, blocking international efforts to …


UPDATED: Sun., April 15, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

U.S. to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria’s Assad

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced Monday against Russia for enabling the government of Syrian leader Bashar Assad to continue using chemical weapons.


UPDATED: Sun., April 15, 2018, 4:10 p.m.

Syria’s allies say airstrikes undercut political resolution

The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon said Sunday that Western airstrikes on their ally, Syria, have complicated prospects for a political settlement to the country’s …


Kathleen Parker: The dogs of war are howling

As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump’s words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind: “I would love to be able to bring …


Josh Rogin: Trump strikes Syria – but Assad’s war crimes continue

The Trump administration is declaring victory after striking three Syrian government chemical weapons sites. But the White House hasn’t learned the lessons of last year’s “pinprick” strikes on the Assad …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 1:55 p.m.

U.N. rejects Russian attempt to condemn U.S. aggression in Syria

The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the “aggression” by the United States and its allies against Syria on Saturday.


Certain of gas attack, allies struck Syria before U.N. report

The United States, Britain and France opted to strike Syria for its apparent use of chemical weapons without waiting for a report from U.N. inspectors because they were convinced that …


European allies France, U.K. gamble, join Trump against Syria

Europe’s two biggest military powers took a gamble in lining up behind U.S. President Donald Trump to bombard Syria. Now they need to make sure it doesn’t backfire.


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Defiant Syrians say West hasn’t shaken their resolve

Hundreds of Syrians poured into the streets of Damascus on Saturday, dancing and chanting in defiance of what they called the West’s “failure” to shake their nation’s resolve with airstrikes …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 2:01 p.m.

Trump claims success in Syria, but chemical weapons remain

President Donald Trump on Saturday declared “Mission Accomplished” for a U.S.-led allied missile attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program, but the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left …


Trump uses phrase that haunted Bush: ‘Mission Accomplished!’

As he declares the U.S.-led airstrikes against Syria a success, President Donald Trump is adopting a phrase that a previous president came to regret – “mission accomplished.”


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Trump still mulling Syria strike; Russia assails gas photos

Russia and Britain exchanged sharp accusations Friday over the suspected poison gas attack in Syria, and the U.S. Navy was moving an additional Tomahawk missile-armed ship within striking range as …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, noon

UN chief warns that Mideast ‘chaos’ threatens global peace

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Friday that the Middle East is in such “chaos” that it has become a threat to international peace and security – and Syria “represents the most …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

Russia says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by U.K.

The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend, a bold charge that comes amid Moscow’s stern …


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Trump: Syria attack ‘very soon or not so soon at all!’

President Donald Trump said Thursday that an attack on Syria could take place “very soon or not so soon at all,” arguing he had never signaled the timing of retaliation …


Trump says all calm at White House, vents about Russia probe

President Donald Trump insisted that all was “very calm and calculated” at the White House, even as he vented Wednesday about the Russia probe, complained about Deputy Attorney General Rod …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 3:53 p.m.

Trump warns Russia: “Get ready” for attack on Syria

President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Russia to “get ready” for a missile attack on its ally Syria, suggesting imminent retaliation for last weekend’s suspected chemical weapons attack. Defense Secretary …


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

Trump and allies mull possible joint response in Syria

Trump administration officials consulted with global allies Tuesday on a possible joint military response to Syria’s alleged poison gas attack, as President Donald Trump canceled a foreign trip in order …


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Trump says U.S. has many options in pondering military strike in Syria

President Donald Trump is threatening an imminent military strike against Syria, vowing to respond “forcefully” to Saturday’s apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians and warning that Russia or any other …


Syrian news reports missile attack; U.S. denies it fired them

Missiles struck an air base in central Syria early Monday, its state-run news agency reported. Although the agency said it was likely “an American aggression,” U.S. officials said the U.S. …


UPDATED: Sun., April 8, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

Trump warns Assad: ‘Big price to pay’ for fatal Syria attack

President Donald Trump on Sunday condemned a “mindless CHEMICAL attack” in Syria that killed women and children, called Syrian President Bashar Assad an “animal” and delivered a rare personal criticism …


UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Violence claims more lives in Syrian capital and suburbs

Syrian government forces pressed their offensive against the last rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta near the capital Damascus on Saturday under the cover of airstrikes as shelling of civilian areas …


Marc A. Thiessen: Trump is threatening to repeat Obama’s mistakes

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump excoriated President Barack Obama for “the way he got out of Iraq,” which Trump said “was the founding of” the Islamic State. As president, …


Amber Heard says meeting Syria refugees left indelible mark

AMMAN, Jordan Actress Amber Heard said Thursday that encounters with Syrian refugees and foreign medical volunteers helping the displaced have left an “an indelible mark” on her soul. Heard, 31, …


Violence breaks out near Syrian capital, killing dozens

Syrian troops began a ground offensive under the cover of airstrikes on rebel-held areas outside the capital Damascus on Friday after a 10-day truce collapsed over disagreement regarding evacuation of …


UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018, 7:55 p.m.

Trump scales back U.S. goals in Syria, leaves future to others

President Donald Trump is dramatically scaling back U.S. goals in Syria as he pushes for a quick military withdrawal, Trump administration officials said Wednesday, abandoning plans to stay long-term to …


Syria’s tiny Assyrian community celebrates its survival

It is the Assyrian New Year, or Akitu. And the start of year 6768, by their calendar, coincided this time with Easter, a rare occasion that gave the small and …


UPDATED: Sun., April 1, 2018, 12:32 p.m.

Syria: Fighters begin leaving Ghouta’s last rebel-held town

A rebel faction trapped by Syrian government forces outside the capital agreed to evacuate to northern Syria on Sunday as talks continued over lifting the siege against the town of …


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Soldier killed in Syria identified as 36-year-old from Texas

The American service member killed this week by a roadside bomb in northern Syria was a 36-year-old Army soldier from Texas.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Syrian army declares victory as rebels vacate most of Ghouta

The Syrian army declared victory Saturday in eastern Ghouta after opposition fighters evacuated from most of the area near the capital except for the town of Douma, where negotiations are …