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Assad: Negotiations with the U.S. are a waste of time

Syrian President rules out negotiations with the United States, says American policy will not change.

Assad: Negotiations with the U.S. are a waste of time

Report: International coalition hits Syrian army positions

Hezbollah-affiliated media says warplanes from U.S.-led international coalition targeted two Syrian army positions.

Report: International coalition hits Syrian army positions

Head of U.S. forces in Syria visits Israel

Head of the U.S. military’s Central Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, visits Israel amid concerns Trump will withdraw forces from Syria.

Head of U.S. forces in Syria visits Israel

White House: Trump still wants to withdraw forces from Syria

White House spokeswoman responds to Macron, says Trump still wants U.S. forces in Syria to return home as soon as possible.

White House: Trump still wants to withdraw forces from Syria

Trump considering 8 targets in Syria

U.S. President considering striking eight potential Syria targets in response to recent chemical weapons attack in Douma.

Trump considering 8 targets in Syria

Trump: Decision on Syria could come tonight

Trump vows forceful response to chemical attack in Syria, says decision on course of action could come as soon as Monday night.

Trump: Decision on Syria could come tonight

Trump: We'll be out of Syria 'very soon'

Trump says the U.S. will be out of Syria and leave the fight against ISIS to others.

Trump: We'll be out of Syria 'very soon'

U.S. officials: Assad producing new kinds of chemical weapons

Officials in Washington say Syrian government still using chemical weapons despite committing to abolish its arsenal.

U.S. officials: Assad producing new kinds of chemical weapons

Trump: We'd be upset if Assad uses chemical weapons

Trump says Washington “would be extremely upset” if Syrian President uses chemical weapons again.

Trump: We'd be upset if Assad uses chemical weapons

Mattis: We'll defend our troops

The U.S. is not deepening its role in Syria's civil war but will act defensively when needed, says Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Mattis: We'll defend our troops

U.S. sanctions Syria following chemical weapons attack

Treasury sanctions employees of Syrian research center following chemical weapons attack in Idlib.

U.S. sanctions Syria following chemical weapons attack

White House: Future Syria strikes not out of the question

White House spokesman: U.S. could carry out future military strikes on Syria if its government uses chemical weapons on citizens.

White House: Future Syria strikes not out of the question

Haley: We're prepared to do more in Syria

Ambassador Nikki Haley says the U.S. is prepared to do more in Syria following Thursday's airstrikes.

Haley: We're prepared to do more in Syria

Trump orders attack on Syria

50 Tomahawk missiles fired at Syrian airfield from which chemical weapons were fired at civilians.

Trump orders attack on Syria

Haley: Syrians don't want Assad as their leader

Ambassador Nikki Haley says the United States does not believe that Syrians people Assad as their leader.

Haley: Syrians don't want Assad as their leader

Assad: Trump will be an ally - if he fights terrorism

Syrian President says U.S. President-elect will be a "natural ally" if he fulfills his pledge to fight "terrorists".

Assad: Trump will be an ally - if he fights terrorism

Rubio: What's Obama's strategy on Syria?

GOP candidates criticize Obama's plan to deploy 50 special forces to Syria, say he lacks a real strategy to solve that conflict.

Rubio: What's Obama's strategy on Syria?

Syrian MP: American troops are 'an act of aggression'

Syrian member of parliament blasts Obama's decision to send special operations forces into his country.

Syrian MP: American troops are 'an act of aggression'

United States Widens Sanctions on Syria

New American sanctions target individuals and entities providing energy products used by the Assad regime in fighting its own people.

United States Widens Sanctions on Syria

Assad 'Open to Dialogue' with the United States

Syrian President says he is open to having a dialogue with the United States so long as Syria's "sovereignty" isn't pressured.

Assad 'Open to Dialogue' with the United States

There's No Coordination with Assad, Says State Department

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says her country isn't coordinating airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.

There's No Coordination with Assad, Says State Department

Obama Supports Training for Syrian Opposition, Says Official

Obama's nominee as Qatar ambassador: the administration supports plan to provide military training to moderate Syrian opposition.

Obama Supports Training for Syrian Opposition, Says Official

US Denies Reports of Another Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

Alleged survivors of January attack turn to US for support; White House dismisses claims, says survivors 'can't get their story straight.'

US Denies Reports of Another Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

Congress Approves 'Light Weapons' to 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels

Officials: Light arms supplied by the U.S. are flowing to "moderate" Syrian rebels, funding for more has been approved by Congress.

Congress Approves 'Light Weapons' to 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels

McCain: Obama is Worse than Carter

Senator McCain blasts Obama over Syria. "I thought Jimmy Carter was bad, but he pales in comparison to this president."

McCain: Obama is Worse than Carter

US and Britain Suspend Funding for Syrian Rebels

Move follows reports of base overtaken by Islamist groups in the north; decision temporary, officials say.

US and Britain Suspend Funding for Syrian Rebels

US 'Knew About Rebel Chemical Weapons, Acted Selectively'

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist reveals proof that US administration knew both sides had weapons; officials deny claims.

US 'Knew About Rebel Chemical Weapons, Acted Selectively'

American Jihadist in Syria: Entire World Will Be Muslim

US national in Syria declares intent to kill infidels, fight enemies of Islam, implement Sharia law worldwide - including in the West.

American Jihadist in Syria: Entire World Will Be Muslim

Poll: 52% of Israelis don't Trust US on Defense

Among religious people, over two thirds do not trust the US. 56% believe Iranian surprise attack is possible.

Poll: 52% of Israelis don't Trust US on Defense

US Told Israel on Aug. 30: Syria Strike in 48 Hours

Israeli TV reveals Netanyahu received notification by phone that a strike is imminent, one day before Obama changed his mind.

US Told Israel on Aug. 30: Syria Strike in 48 Hours

McCain and Graham Slam Syria Agreement

"Assad will deceive the world," say Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham of the U.S.-Russia agreement on Syria's chemical weapons.

McCain and Graham Slam Syria Agreement

Syria Joins Anti-Chemical Weapons Treaty, U.S. Unimpressed

Syria's UN ambassador his country has joined the anti-chemical weapons treaty. State Dept.: Military option still on the table.

Syria Joins Anti-Chemical Weapons Treaty, U.S. Unimpressed

‘Russia, Iran and Syria Defeated America’

Former Israeli ambassador to US the: Iran-Syria-Russia victory signals an end to U.S. deterrence in the Middle East.

‘Russia, Iran and Syria Defeated America’

Syrian MP Threatens Israel, U.S. Bases in the Gulf

Kurdish Syrian MP tells Hezbollah TV: If U.S. attacks us, we'll respond by targeting Israel and the American bases in the Gulf.

Syrian MP Threatens Israel, U.S. Bases in the Gulf

Senate Could Vote on Syria Next Week, Say Lawmakers

Senate could vote on Syria strike as soon as next week if efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis fail.

Senate Could Vote on Syria Next Week, Say Lawmakers

Syrian Rebels: U.S. Giving Us Some Weapons

The United States has begun distributing some weapons to the Syrian rebels, says a spokesman on their behalf.

Syrian Rebels: U.S. Giving Us Some Weapons

Obama: If We Don't React, Assad Will Use Chemicals Again

In speech to the nation, Obama makes the case for a strike on Syria but says he'll give Russian proposal a chance.

Obama: If We Don't React, Assad Will Use Chemicals Again

McCain: Voting Against Syria Strike Would Be Catastrophic

Senator John McCain urges a vote in favor of the President's proposal for using military force in Syria.

McCain: Voting Against Syria Strike Would Be Catastrophic

'You Can’t Rely on America'

Legal expert warns Israel against relying on American support in case of trouble: "Even when they do act, they’re too late."

'You Can’t Rely on America'

Obama Hints at Tough Response to Syria

Obama tells rabbis not to worry: American response to Syria will send Iran the right message.

Obama Hints at Tough Response to Syria

Syrian Officials Gloat: Obama Defeated Before War Began

Syrian official mocks Obama administration over airstrike delay as Syrian PM threatens.

Syrian Officials Gloat: Obama Defeated Before War Began

Syria: Kerry's Accusations Based on Lies

Syria rejects remarks by Kerry, says they are fabricated and based on lies by "terrorists".

Syria: Kerry's Accusations Based on Lies

White House: Syria Intervention Will be Limited

The U.S. is looking at a response to Syrian use of chemical weapons that is "very discrete and limited", says White House spokesperson.

White House: Syria Intervention Will be Limited

Obama: I Haven't Yet Decided to Strike in Syria

"I’ve not made a decision" regarding a military strike in Syria, stresses Obama in a television interview.

Obama: I Haven't Yet Decided to Strike in Syria

US Determined to Strike in Syria – the Question is When

US source says Syria strike will happen, but the timing has not yet been decided; Russian. Chinese diplomats stage UN "walkout."

US Determined to Strike in Syria – the Question is When

UN Pushes for Delay on Syria Strike

UN Secretary-General urges US, UK to give inspectors more time; Syria takes advantage of advanced warning to evacuate top military posts.

UN Pushes for Delay on Syria Strike

Hackers Bring Down New York Times Website

Syrian Electronic Army believed to be behind the hacking of the New York Times website.

Hackers Bring Down New York Times Website

Biden: 'No Doubt' that Assad is Behind the Chemical Attack

"The Syrian regime is the only one that has chemical weapons and has used them in the past," notes U.S. Vice President.

Biden: 'No Doubt' that Assad is Behind the Chemical Attack

PM: Israel Ready to React ‘Fiercely’ if Syria Attacks

Netanyahu warns of harsh response if Syria tries to hit Israel.

PM: Israel Ready to React ‘Fiercely’ if Syria Attacks

Strike on Syria ‘As Early as Thursday’

Russia hurries to get its citizens out as US officials warn operation in Syria could be imminent.

Strike on Syria ‘As Early as Thursday’

Kerry: Syria Chemical Attack a 'Moral Obscenity'

The U.S. will demand accountability for the chemical weapons attack in Syria, declared Secretary of State.

Kerry: Syria Chemical Attack a 'Moral Obscenity'

Steinitz: If US Plans Attack, Israel Will Know

Israel’s Minister for Strategy says America will have to take action on Syria.

Steinitz: If US Plans Attack, Israel Will Know

Obama Meets Advisers to 'Gather Facts' on Syria Attack

Obama met top national security advisers following widespread reports about the Syrian government using chemical weapons.

Obama Meets Advisers to 'Gather Facts' on Syria Attack

Syria Warns U.S.: Don't Attack Us

"An attack on Syria would be no easy trip," warns Syria's Information Minister.

Syria Warns U.S.: Don't Attack Us

Obama: Time is Nearing for a Definitive Response on Syria

Alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria "is clearly a big event of grave concern," says U.S. President.

Obama: Time is Nearing for a Definitive Response on Syria

Obama Orders Probe of Syrian Chemical Attack

U.S. President has ordered local spy agencies to urgently probe claims that Syrian forces launched a horrific chemical attack on civilians.

Obama Orders Probe of Syrian Chemical Attack

Obama Announces More Humanitarian Aid to Syria

U.S. will provide more than $195 million in additional humanitarian assistance for people affected by the Syrian war.

Obama Announces More Humanitarian Aid to Syria

Dempsey: No-Fly Zone Over Syria Would Cost Billions

Imposing a no-fly zone over Syria would cost $1 billion a month and put U.S. aircraft at risk of being shot down, assesses General Dempsey.

Dempsey: No-Fly Zone Over Syria Would Cost Billions

Wall Street Journal: Netanyahu Has Red Lines, Obama Doesn't

WSJ says Israel attacked Syria at least four times, adding this means that Netanyahu adheres to his red lines, unlike Obama.

Wall Street Journal: Netanyahu Has Red Lines, Obama Doesn't

Report: U.S. to Arm Syrian Rebels Within a Month

CIA moving weapons from a network of secret warehouses, plans to start arming Syrian rebels, according to officials.

Report: U.S. to Arm Syrian Rebels Within a Month