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U.S. ‘blackmailing’ Russia over Syria resolution: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday accused the United States of blackmailing Russia over a tough UN resolution against Syria, and said the West is blinded by the idea of regime change in the war-torn country. “Our American partners are beginning to blackmail us: if Russia won’t support a…

Tunisian women ‘waging sex jihad in Syria’

Tunisian women have travelled to Syria to wage “sex jihad” by comforting Islamist fighters battling the regime there, Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou has told MPs. “They have sexual relations with 20, 30, 100″ militants, the minister told members of the National Constituent Assembly on Thursday. “After the sexual liaisons…

France’s interior minister says Syria militants pose national security threat

France’s interior minister revealed Thursday that hundreds of homegrown Islamist militants were signing up to fight in Syria and warned they could pose a security threat when they come back. More than 300 French nationals or residents are either currently fighting in Syria’s civil war, planning to go and fight…

Assad tells Fox News: U.S. threats didn’t make us give up chemical weapons

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad insisted Wednesday that his decision to destroy his stockpiles of chemical weapons was not forced upon him by the threat of US strikes. “Yeah, there’s a misunderstanding that we agreed with this agreement because of the Americans,” he told US network Fox News. “Actually, if you…

WATCH LIVE: Rumsfeld, Sessions and DeMint talk Syria and Obamacare

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will take part in a panel discussion Monday evening hosted by the conservative Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, alongside three current lawmakers and Heritage Foundation head Jim DeMint. The discussion, which will reportedly cover the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the disagreements…

United Nations has no doubt sarin gas was used in Syria

The United Nations said Monday there is clear evidence that rockets carried sarin gas into a Damascus suburb and that there has been widescale use of chemical arms in the Syria war. UN leader Ban Ki-moon slammed the use of banned poison arms as a war crime and called on…

Obama pleased Putin takes responsibility for ‘client’ Assad

US President Barack Obama said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was pleased that Russian President Vladimir Putin had taken responsibility for his “client,” — Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. Obama also denied in an interview on ABC News that he had been outfoxed by Putin in accepting a deal…

Former CIA official describes the ‘difficult balance to strike’ in Syria negotiations

Mike Morell, after 33 years in the CIA, may have more experience briefing the president on classified intelligence than almost anyone. Morell retired from the CIA six days before the chemical weapons attack in Syria. Morell talked to 60 Minutes for a Sunday piece, “The Briefer,” describing what it’s like…

CNN host grills GOP lawmaker: ‘Who cares’ if Russia gets an edge in Syria deal?

CNN host Candy Crowley on Sunday asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) why he insisted on slamming President Barack Obama’s administration for allowing the Russians to help negotiate a deal for Syria to hand over it’s chemical weapons. “The Syria plan has been confusing at best over the…

Syria hails U.S.-Russia chemical weapons deal as a ‘victory’ that averts war

A US-Russian plan to remove Syria’s chemical weapons is a “victory” that averts a war, a Syrian minister said Sunday, as Washington’s top diplomat briefed Israel about the landmark deal. “On one hand, it helps the Syrians emerge from the crisis and on the other it has allowed for averting…

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