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Obama faces questions over Syria airstrikes

Obama faces questions over Syria airstrikes

President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? Obama was barreling toward strikes last summer when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. But Congress balked at Obama’s request for a vote and the operation was eventually scrapped. […]

Special Ops tried, failed, to save journalist in Syria

Special Ops tried, failed, to save journalist in Syria

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say. The rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages […]

Obama trying to sooth fears over Syria inaction

Obama trying to sooth fears over Syria inaction

White House officials have been holding private meetings this week aimed at soothing lawmakers’ concerns over the U.S. posture in Syria, the future of the American military presence in Afghanistan and defense spending. The meetings come as a frustrated White House seeks to push back at criticism of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. But the […]

Obama shuts down Syrian embassy, consulates in U.S.

Obama shuts down Syrian embassy, consulates in U.S.

The Obama administration ordered the Syrian government on Tuesday to suspend its diplomatic and consular missions in the United States, requiring all personnel who are not legal U.S residents to leave the country. The order, three years after the start of Syria’s bloody civil war, essentially shutters the Syrian embassy in Washington and its honorary […]

Was U.S. ‘outfoxed’ on Syria?

Was U.S. ‘outfoxed’ on Syria?

Lawmakers assessing the agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons argued Sunday about whether President Barack Obama was outfoxed by the Russians and had lost leverage in trying to end the civil war, or whether his threat of military action propelled the breakthrough. Obama said the turn to diplomacy had laid “a foundation” toward political settlement of […]

Obama unsure about Russia

Obama unsure about Russia

President Barack Obama says a U.S.-Russian agreement offers a chance to destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons and promises to end the threat they pose to Syrians and the world. But the two powers are divided over the fate of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Obama, speaking in a television interview taped before Saturday’s announcement of […]

U.S. and Russia reach agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons

U.S. and Russia reach agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov say they have reached an agreement on a framework for securing Syria‘s chemical weapons after the third day of intense negotiations in Geneva. They say some elements of the deal include a timetable and how Syria must comply — and that if Syria […]