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Syria tentatively accepts Russia’s suggestion they surrender chemical weapons arsenal

Moscow is currently in talks with Damascus to develop a “concrete plan” for the Syrian regime to hand over its chemical weapons arsenal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday. “We (Russia) are currently working on preparing a workable, precise and concrete plan and for this there are literally right…

Why are Americans so against a strike on Syria? Because of the Iraq debacle

At home and abroad, America’s disastrous war in Iraq hangs over the debate on Syria, feeding skepticism that US military action can deliver as promised. “It’s the elephant in the room,” said Larry Korb, a former Pentagon official and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “Had we…

McCain says John Kerry’s comments on Syria strike are ‘unbelievably unhelpful’

US Secretary of State John Kerry was under fire Monday for saying that a proposed US military strike on Syria would be “unbelievably small.” The comment came as Kerry ended a whirlwind diplomatic offensive in Europe aimed at whipping up support abroad for US military action against the Damascus regime,…

Defense industry gave lavishly to senators who supported Syria strike

The ten senators who voted in favor of military action against Syria have received a combined total of $728,497 from the defense industry in recent years. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution authorizing limited military action against Syria with a 10-7 vote last Wednesday. The resolution is now…

Russia calls on Syria to hand over chemical weapons

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Monday on the Syrian regime to hand over control of its chemical weapons arsenal to international supervision as a way of staving off the threat of military action. After talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem in Moscow, Lavrov called on Syria to “place…

59 percent of Americans oppose strike on Syria: CNN/ORC International poll

The American public strongly opposes a US military intervention in Syria, despite a majority believing that President Bashar al-Assad’s regime gassed its own people, a poll showed Monday. Almost six in 10 of the 1,022 adults questioned — 59 percent — said Congress should not pass a resolution authorizing even…

Israel deploys ‘Iron Dome’ missile defense system near Jerusalem

Israel deployed its Iron Dome missile defence system near Jerusalem Sunday, an AFP correspondent said, as the United States lobbied for domestic and international support for military strikes against Syria. The correspondent said the battery was set up west of the city. A military spokeswoman would not comment on the…

U.S. plans for ’3 days of attack’ on Syria, military tells LA Times

The Pentagon is readying more intense and longer attacks on Syria than originally planned, set to last three days, the Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday. War planners now aim to unleash a heavy barrage of missile strikes to be followed swiftly by additional attacks on targets that may have…

Grayson: All we really know about bombing Syria is that we don’t know what happens next

In an interview with Ezra Klein of the Washington Post, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) laid out a case against military intervention in Syria and said that not only is the U.S. unlikely to affect the outcome of the current conflict between Syrian Pres. Bashar al-Assad and rebels the rebels who…

McCain: ‘Boots on the ground’ in Syria would lead to Obama’s impeachment

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) offered a curious justification for U.S. military intervention in Syria on Friday. According to Talking Points Memo, the pro-interventionist Republican and former presidential candidate said that Americans needn’t worry themselves about getting bogged down in another Middle Eastern quagmire like Iraq because “there would be an…

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