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Empire Editorial: Is there an upside to blasting away at Syria?

More than 100,000 Syrians have died under the regime of Bashar Hafez al-Assad over roughly 30 months of violent conflict. Artificially-drawn red lines aside, we're trying and failing...
President Assad says Syria able to face Israel

BEIRUT - In his first response to Israel's weekend airstrikes, President Bashar Assad said Tuesday that Syria is capable of facing Israel, but stopped short of threatening retaliation for the strikes near the...
We must not be the world's policeman

...everything Secretary of State John Kerry says about chemical weapons in Syria were true, the evidence would prove only that Bashar al-Assad committed crimes against civilians. It would not prove that the U.S. government has either the moral or legal...
Hezbollah commander killed outside home

...breach of the Shiite militant group's security as it struggles to maintain multiple fronts while it fights alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.The killing of Hassan al-Laqis, 53, was the latest in a series of attacks against the Iranian-backed...
Syrian rebel groups break with exiled opposition

...coalition.The new alliance is a potential turning point, entrenching the schism within the rebellion and giving President Bashar Assad fuel for his long-stated contention that his regime is battling Islamic extremists in the civil war.The Turkey-based...
Outside editorial: Syrian winter: Assad shoots democracy advocates

...rallying a few weeks ago, Syrian President Bashar Assad set out to change their tune. He...Hafez Assad, whose death in 2000 brought Bashar to power. Others chanted, "The people...made such indulgence untenable. After Bashar took over, he held out the hope of liberalization...
Walters said Syrian trip frightened her

NEW YORK - President Bashar Assad's first interview with a Western television journalist since a March uprising was a coup for Barbara Walters and ABC News...
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In complicating move, al-Qaida backs Syrian revolt

...extremists will try to exploit an uprising against President Bashar Assad that began with peaceful calls for democratic change but...Wounded Syria is still bleeding day after day, and the butcher (Bashar Assad) isn't deterred and doesn't stop," said al-Zawahri...
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A measured response in Syria

When pro-democracy demonstrations erupted in Syria this spring, President Barack Obama offered Syrian President Bashar Assad one more chance to embrace reform. "He can lead that transition (to democracy) or get out of the way," Obama said...
Car bombs, violence mar Syria's shaky truce

...the civil war to pour into the streets and demand President Bashar Assad's ouster.Chants of "Syria wants freedom!" rang...shrouds for the Eid." Others shouted, "You will fall, Bashar!"In marches in the southern city of Deraa, three people...
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