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CIA, Rebels on the Hunt for Assad’s Chemical Weapons

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After days of increased violence and strategic gains on the part of the Syrian rebel militias, the CIA is now sifting through intelligence and satellite imagery to find Bashar al-Assad’s chemical and biological weapons. Various groups of rebels are trying to

Russia, China Veto UN Resolution on Syria

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Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution that would have imposed non-military sanctions on Syria in an effort to pressure President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Thursday's vote was 11-to-2, with two abstentions. It was the third time

State TV: Suicide Bombing Kills Syrian Defense Minister

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Syrian state television says a suicide bomber has struck the National Security building in Damascus, killing Defense Minister Daoud Rajha and Deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat, brother-in-law to President Bashar al-Assad. At least one rebel group has claimed responsibility for

Syria: 23 Soldiers Killed in Fighting

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Activists say Syrian rebels killed 23 soldiers in clashes near the city of Rastan, in one of the deadliest days for loyalist forces in the country's 14-month, anti-government uprising. Monday's fighting broke out after the town, about 25 kilometers north

Syrian Violence Kills 22 as Arab Leaders Back Peace Plan

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Violence across Syria killed at least 22 people — most of them civilians — as Arab leaders in Baghdad backed a peace plan during a summit focused on resolving the year-long Syrian crisis. Syrian rights activists say forces loyal to

Syria’s Homs Battered by Heaviest Shelling in Days

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Syrian rights activists say forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have intensified an assault on the central opposition stronghold of Homs, as U.N. diplomats drafted a General Assembly resolution to denounce human rights violations by the Assad government. The activists

Russian officer convicted of spying for CIA

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MOSCOW — A military court on Friday convicted a Russian officer of passing missile secrets to the CIA and sentenced him to 13 years in prison, officials said. Lt.-Col. Vladimir Nesterets also was stripped of his military rank after he

Bombs Blasts Kill 25 in Northern Syrian City

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Syrian state television says at least 25 people were killed and 175 others wounded in two explosions in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday. The blasts targeted a military intelligence building and a security force base in Syria's main

Syrian Activists Say Troops Continue Deadly Homs Assault

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Syrian activists say government troops have killed dozens of civilians in Homs, continuing a months-long siege of the city that has been a hub of protests against President Bashar al-Assad's 11-year autocratic rule. The shelling Wednesday follows days of assaults