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Russia Warns US Not to Intervene in Syria , Threatens to Shoot Down Any Airstrike Attempts
Russia has warned the United States not to intervene militarily in Syria against forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, threatening that it may shoot down any aircraft attempting to launch strikes. In a bluntly worded statement, a spokesman for Russia’s defense ministry warned that Russia and
Inside the Failed Syria Cease-Fire
The United States and Russia announced a Syria cease-fire deal Sept. 9. It officially took effect Sept. 12 and was supposed to be expanded on after an initial seven-day period. It collapsed on Monday, exactly a week after it started. How the Deal Fell Apart It was the moment of truth for the feeble
Witnesses of Assad's Chlorine Warfare in Syria Issue Emotional Plea for Help From Congress
In one of the more grim Congressional hearings this year, lawmakers Wednesday heard gruesome new evidence provided by aid workers showing the effects of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chlorine gas against civilians. It comes a day after Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters he was
Doubts Greet Kerry's Claim That Syrian Rebels Will Fight ISIS Instead of Assad
Secretary of State Says Rebels Will Take On ISIS First, Then Resume Fighting Assad
The Obamacare 'Six'
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES AND THEN THERE WERE SIX: Capping off a trying week for the Obama administration, which has been forced to answer for the glitch-plagued roll-out of the new federal insurance marketplace, new documents reveal more striking news: Just six people ...
Senators Ask: What's the Strategy for Syria ?
At a Senate Foreign Relations hearing today, senators seemed to be losing patience with the administration’s stance on Syria, with both Republicans and Democrats saying that despite the administration officials’ claims that Assad must go and the bloodshed must end, there didn’t seem to be...
Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Fired for Meeting U.S. Diplomat
Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil met with U.S. Ambassador Robert Ford and appears to have now lost his job because the meeting was unauthorized by the Assad regime. A U.S. official confirms to ABC News that Jamil and Ford met on Saturday in Geneva...
Will The Ghosts Of Benghazi Haunt Hillary? (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES EXCLUSIVE — BENGHAZI TALKING POINTS UNDERWENT 12 REVISIONS: When it became clear last fall that the CIA’s now discredited Benghazi talking points were flawed, the White House said repeatedly the documents were put together almost entirely by the ...
US Ambassador Makes Secret Crossing Into Syria to Briefly Meet With Rebels
U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford briefly crossed into northern Syria on Thursday to meet with Syrian opposition leaders. Ford was recalled from Syria in late 2011 amid the violence to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Since then, he has become the Obama administration’s...