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Syria civil war: Fears of chemical weapon use

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Syria moves its chemical weapons, and U.S. and allies cautiously take note

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The Syrian military’s movement of chemical weapons in recent days has prompted the United States and several allies to repeat their warning to President Bashar al-Assad that he would be “held accountable” if his forces used the weapons against the rebels fighting his government.

U.S. weighs bolder effort to intervene in Syria’s conflict

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The Obama administration, hoping that the conflict in Syria has reached a turning point, is considering deeper intervention to help push President Bashar al-Assad from power, according to government officials involved in the discussions.

Rebel arms flow is said to benefit Jihadists in Syria

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Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats.

Mideast unrest intensifies debate on U.S. intervention in Syria

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In recent weeks, the growing death toll in Syria pushed that country’s civil war to the top of the Obama administration’s agenda, with some Arab leaders pressing harder for a greater American role in toppling Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad.

July 20, 2012

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A horrific mass shooting at a movie theatre near Denver, Colorado. The campaigns talk about tax history and economic policy as attack ads from both campaigns intensify. And the fighting in Syria spreads to Damascus as the rebels achieve new victories. Joining Gwen: Pierre Thomas, ABC News; Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times.

 

Face to Face, Obama Tries to Persuade Putin on Syria

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President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir V. Putin, finally had their face-to-face meeting on Monday, as Mr. Obama pressed Mr. Putin to work with him to ease President Bashar al-Assad of Syria out of power, a move increasingly viewed by the West as the only way to end the bloodshed that has been under way there for more than a year.

June 15, 2012

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The Obama administration's new immigration policy that allows some undocumented immigrants to stay and get work permits. Plus, who is winning the debate on the economy: President Obama or Mitt Romney? Also, tensions between the U.S. & Russia on Syria, intelligence leaks and more. Joining Gwen: Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Pierre Thomas, ABC News; Peter Baker, New York Times; Tom Gjelten, NPR.

 

Syria Crisis and Putin’s Return Chill U.S. Ties With Russia

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Sitting beside President Obama this spring, the president of Russia gushed that “these were perhaps the best three years of relations between Russia and the United States over the last decade.” Two and a half months later, those halcyon days of friendship look like a distant memory.

Is Belarus Assad's Newest Ally?

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U.S. officials are increasingly concerned that Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad is receiving new military assistance from Belarus, a tiny nation which appears willing to flout the international effort to isolate the dictator and force him from power. Western officials and outside analysts say that Belarus is providing Damascus with technology that would improve the capabilities of Assad's surface-to-surface missiles, one of the Syrian military's primary weapons during its brutal ongoing crackdown on rebels throughout the country.