October 29, 2008
Embassy in Damascus Could Close as Tension Rises
The U.S. Embassy in Syria may close to the public for security
reasons after a deadly raid near the country's border with Iraq
caused public outcry against the United States.
October 27, 2008
Accuses U.S. of Killing Eight in Deadly Border Raid
A funeral was held Monday for eight civilians killed in an attack
on an eastern Syrian village on the Iraq border that Syria claims
was carried out by U.S. forces.
October 15, 2008
Lebanon Formalize Diplomatic Ties; Border Issue Remains
Officials in Syria and Lebanon signed an agreement Wednesday formalizing
diplomatic ties between the two countries for the first time since
they gained independence in the 1940s.
May 3, 2007
Officials Meet at Iraq Summit
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Syrian officials
in Egypt Thursday to talk about Syria's role in determining Iraq's
future. A Washington Post reporter discusses the first high-level
talks between the two countries since 2005.
December 22, 2006
Urges Talks with Syria to Ease Iraq Violence
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who recently returned from a trip to
the Middle East where he visited several countries including U.S.
foe Syria, discusses how he thinks Iraq's neighbors can help ease
the sectarian violence.
December 12, 2006
Resists Calls to Engage Syria in Iraq Planning
The recently released Iraq Study Group report called on the Bush
administration to end its isolation of Syria, a move that sparked
renewed debate over the American approach to dealing with Damascus.
November 21, 2006
and Syria Restore Relations After 24-year Rift
Iraq restored full diplomatic relations with Syria Tuesday
in an effort to stem militant violence and garner favor with other
Arab states. David Schenker and Robert Malley discuss the new
alliance and its possible impact.
April 25, 2006
Leader Meets with U.N. in Assassination Probe
Update: Syrian President Bashar Assad met Tuesday with U.N. investigator
Serge Brammertz to discuss Syria's alleged role in the killing
of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
January 2, 2006
Syrian Vice President Faces Treason Charges after TV Interview
Update: Officials in Damascus and the United Nations continued
to react to the explosive allegations made by the former Syrian
vice president Friday in which he said Syrian President Bashar
Assad threatened former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri several
months before Hariri was assassinated.
December 29, 2005
Syria Seeks Public
Support in the Face of International Criticism
Syrian authorities have launched a public relations campaign
touting the country as a peaceful nation and lashing out against
international condemnation over allegations of top Syrian officials'
involvement in recent high-profile assassinations. Special correspondent
Simon Marks reports from Damascus on the country's efforts to
refute its critics.
December 12, 2005
Report Implicates 19 in Hariri Probe; Second Anti-Syrian Lawmaker
Update: Crowds in Lebanon Monday blamed the car bombing death
of anti-Syrian lawmaker Gibran Tueni on Syria, the same day a
U.N. report urged Syrian officials to make arrests in the Feb.
14 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Tueni's
death marks the latest in a series of attacks on anti-Syrian Lebanese
December 4, 2005
Investigators to Question Five Witnesses in Hariri Death Probe
Update: A U.N. team investigating the assassination of former
Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri will question five Syrian
witnesses in the case in Vienna Monday, following an agreement
between Syrian officials and lead U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis.
November 10, 2005
President Promises Limited Cooperation with U.N.
Update: Syrian President Bashar Assad pledged Thursday to cooperate
with a U.N. investigation into the death of former Lebanese Prime
Minister Rafik Hariri but said he would not place his country's
national interests at risk in doing so.
October 31, 2005
Urges Syrian Cooperation in Hariri Death Probe
Update: Syria must cooperate "unconditionally" with a United
Nations investigation into the death of former Lebanese Prime
Minister Rafik Hariri or face "further action," a U.N. Security
Council resolution said Monday.
October 28, 2005
President Faces Choice Between Family Loyalty and International
Update: As a U.N. investigation into the death of former Lebanese
Prime Minister Rafik Hariri continues, pressure from the United
States and others may force Syria's President Bashar Assad to
split with close internal advisors or face further international
October 26, 2005
Pressure Builds on Syria Over Hariri Probe and Lebanon
Update: The United States, France and Britain have drafted a resolution
that could impose sanctions on Syria unless it more fully cooperates
with an ongoing United Nations investigation into the murder of
former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Document: U.N. investigation report
Document: Secretary General Kofi Annan's
accompanying cover letter
October 21, 2005
Probe Links Assad Government to Hariri Murder
Update: A United Nations inquiry into the Feb. 14 car bomb assassination
of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri named several top
Syrian and Lebanese officials Friday as suspects in the crime.
Two Middle East experts discuss the countries' alleged involvement.
June 9, 2005
Ruling Party Votes for Political Reform
Update: Syria's ruling Baath Party, weakened by a struggling economy
and the country's military withdrawal from Lebanon, voted for
limited legal and political reforms at the end of a national conference
May 30, 2005
Party Conference to Open Amid Calls for Democratic Reform
Members of Syria's Baath Party will meet in June for the
first time in five years to discuss party politics. Among the
topics to be addressed, mounting international pressure for President
Bashar Assad to institute steps toward reforming the authoritarian
April 26, 2005
Military Leaves Lebanon After 29 Years
Update: Syria's 29-year military presence in Lebanon ended Tuesday
when the last Syrian soldiers crossed back over the border, completing
a withdrawal brought by international pressure and massive Lebanese
March 14, 2005
Seek Syrian Withdrawal, Probe into Hariri's Death
Update: In the largest anti-Syrian protest since the assassination
of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, hundreds of thousands
of people gathered in Beirut's Martyrs' Square on Monday to rally
for a full Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon.
March 10, 2005
Lebanon's president reappointed Prime Minister Omar Karami on
Thursday, less than two weeks after the pro-Syrian premier resigned.
An editor at the Daily Star in Beirut reports on Lebanon's political
March 8, 2005
Protesters Rally in Beirut
Update: About 500,000 pro-Syrian demonstrators gathered in the
Lebanese capital of Beirut Tuesday, chanting anti-American slogans
and waving flags to counter anti-Syrian rallies held earlier this
March 7, 2005
Syrian troops began to withdraw from Lebanon Monday in response
to growing protests over Syria's presence in the country. Two
regional experts discuss the implications of the partial pullback.
March 7, 2005
Announces Partial Lebanon Troop Pullback
Update: Syria will immediately begin a phased troop pullback in
Lebanon, the presidents of both countries announced Monday in
a joint statement.
March 4, 2005
to Announce Partial Withdrawal of Troops from Lebanon
Update: Former Lebanese government officials announced Friday
that Syria will soon begin a partial withdrawal of troops from
Lebanon, but President Bush said the United States would not accept
anything other than a full withdrawal of Syrian troops and officials.
March 2, 2005
President Bush and other world leaders are pressuring Syria to
withdraw its 15,000 troops from Lebanon. Syrian Ambassador to
the United States Imad Moustapha discusses the pressure facing
February 28, 2005
Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami resigned Monday amid opposition
protests since the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik
Hariri. Experts assess the continued political turmoil within
Lebanon and the increasing diplomatic pressure on Syria, whom
many blame for the political murder.
February 15, 2005
Egypt's Foreign Minister discusses the Egyptian perspective on
recent developments in the Middle East, including the assassination
of former Lebanese Premier Rafik Hariri and the recent peace talks
between Israel and Palestine.
February 15, 2005
The former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri, was killed
Monday in a car bombing in Beirut. Jim Lehrer leads a discussion
on the aftermath of the assassination with two Syria experts.
February 14, 2005
Lebanese Prime Minister Killed in Car Bomb Attack
Update: Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was killed
in a car bomb attack in Beirut Monday that left 13 people dead
and some 100 wounded.
May 2, 2003
at the Crossroads
Colin Powell arrived in Syria Friday for talks with President
Bashar al-Assad and Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa. Simon Marks
reports on what may lie ahead for Iraq's western neighbor now
that Saddam Hussein's regime has been ousted.
April 17, 2003
United States Secretary of State Colin Powell discusses recent
concerns about Syria and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
April 16, 2003
Pledges Cooperation, U.S. Says No Plans for War
Update: The Syrian government Wednesday pledged to work with the
U.S. to help Iraqis, but added it would not close down Palestinian
militant groups. The statement comes after Secretary of State
Colin Powell said Tuesday that the United States had no plans
to attack Syria.
April 14, 2003
Country Next Door
The U.S. warned Syria not to harbor Iraqi leaders or develop weapons
of mass destruction, two charges vigorously denied by the Syrian
government. Experts discuss the meaning of these strong warnings
and what they may mean for the future.
April 13, 2003
Officials Warn Syria Not to Harbor Iraqi Leaders
Update: President Bush and other senior U.S. officials called
on Syria Sunday not to obstruct the coalition military efforts
by taking in fleeing Iraqi officials.
March 31, 2003
Reaffirms Opposition to U.S.-Led War in Iraq
Update: Following new warnings from Secretary of State Colin Powell
to stop backing the Iraqi leadership, Syria announced Monday it
has chosen to support Iraq against an "illegal" American-led "occupation"
March 28, 2003
Secretary Rumsfeld Warns Syria, Iran
Update: During a Pentagon briefing Friday, Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld issued a warning to Syria, who he accused of selling
military equipment to Iraq, and to Iran, who he said is backing
anti-Saddam Hussein Shiite fighters who have entered the war zone.
March 24, 2003
Says Bus Carrying Civilians Bombed By Coalition Plane
Update: Syria on Monday condemned what it said was a coalition
bombing of a bus carrying Syrian civilians that killed five and
injured ten of the 37 workers on the bus who were returning from
June 12, 2000
Syria mourns the death of President Hafez al-Assad as his son
moves to consolidate power.
December 16, 1999
The two day Israel-Syria peace talks concluded successfully, with
the two countries pledging to meet in January to continue negotiations.
December 15, 1999
Israel-Syria peace talks begin in Washington. They are the highest-level
negotiations ever conducted by the two nations. Experts discuss
December 15, 1999
and Syria Continue Peace Talks
Update: Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa and Israeli Prime
Minister Ehud Barak opened historic peace talks Wednesday, trying
to work out a land-for-peace deal that would help end 51 years