Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bashar al-Assad

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis listens during a National Security session at the 2017 Somalia Conference in London, Thursday, May 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

BY ROBERT BURNS WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is looking ahead toward a decisive battleground in its bid to destroy the Islamic State group, even as U.S.-backed local forces must still finish the fight for the extremists’ two main ...

BY MIKE CORDER THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog said on Friday that he has a team of experts ready and willing to travel to the site of this month’s deadly nerve gas ...

BY PHILIP ISSA BEIRUT (AP) — An apparent Israeli missile attack on a Syrian military installation near Damascus International Airport shook the capital early on Thursday morning and raised tensions between the two hostile neighbors. The Syrian military said in ...
In this Tuesday April 4, 2017 file photo, Abdel Hameed Alyousef, 29, holds his twin babies who were killed during a suspected chemical weapons attack, in Khan Sheikhoun in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. (Alaa Alyousef via AP, File)

BY THOMAS ADAMSON and NATALIYA VASILYEVA PARIS (AP) — France said Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month “bears the signature” of President Bashar Assad’s government and shows ...
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

BY VIVIAN SALAMA and MATTHEW LEE WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration issued sanctions Monday on 271 people linked to the Syrian agency responsible for producing non-conventional weapons, part of an ongoing U.S. crackdown on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s alleged ...
Map shows Mideast and location of 2015 Iraq abductions.

BY QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and AYA BATRAWY BAGHDAD (AP) — After nearly a year and a half in captivity, Qatar on Friday secured the release of 26 hostages, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region’s most ...
An Israeli military honor guard waits to welcome U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, April 21, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)

BY ROBERT BURNS TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Syria still possesses chemical weapons, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in Israel on Friday, warning against the banned munitions being used again. At a news conference in Tel Aviv, Mattis also ...
In this Tuesday, April 4, 2017 file photo, victims of the suspected chemical weapons attack lie on the ground, in Khan Sheikhoun, in the northern province of Idlib, Syria. (Alaa Alyousef via AP, File)

PARIS (AP) — France says it will provide proof within days that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime carried out the April 4 chemical attack in Syria that killed at least 90 people. Speaking Wednesday evening on French TV, Foreign Minister ...
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. signals a thumbs-up as he leaves the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 6, 2017, after he led the GOP majority to change Senate rules and lower the vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees from 60 votes to a simple majority in order to advance Neil Gorsuch to a confirmation vote. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

BY BRUCE SCHREINER LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Now that President Donald Trump is in the White House his team is figuring out that Russia is “never up to any good,” the top Senate Republican said Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...
In this Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, looks on in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

BY VIVIAN SALAMA WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is appearing to rule out deeper American military intervention in Syria beyond retaliatory strikes if Syrian President Bashar Assad continues his assault on civilians with chemical weapons. “Are we going to ...
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