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Syrian truck bomb kills dozens
BBC News: At least 30 people have been killed in central Syria after a suicide truck bomb exploded on the outskirts of Hama.
Further casualties were caused when the explosion ignited a fuel tanker close to the blast area.
Photo: Firefighters at scene of bombing in Hama, Syria (Reuters)

Syrian truck bomb kills dozens

BBC News: At least 30 people have been killed in central Syria after a suicide truck bomb exploded on the outskirts of Hama.

Further casualties were caused when the explosion ignited a fuel tanker close to the blast area.

Photo: Firefighters at scene of bombing in Hama, Syria (Reuters)

UN report confirms chemical weapons were used in Damascus

AP: UN inspectors report says there’s clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing Sarin were used in Damascus.

The report, to be presented later today, will say that chemical weapons have been used between the parties involved in the Syrian civil war.

 

Photo: A UN chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighborhood of Damascus on Aug. 29. (Reuters file)

Report: CIA begins delivering weapons to Syrian rebels

A new report from the Washington Post says the CIA has started delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, according to U.S. officials and Syrian figures. The report says shipments began streaming into the country over the past two weeks, along with separate deliveries of vehicles and other gear via the State Department.

Read the full story from the Washington Post.

Photo: A rebel fighter takes aim at Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sept. 1. (Louai Abo Al-jod / AFP - Getty Images)

Putin op-ed calls for caution regarding Syria

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has written an opinion piece in the New York Times, calling for caution in regards to Syria. In the piece, he writes:

The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism.

Read more of Putin’s piece at The New York Times.

Obama blends threat of attack, hope of diplomacy
AP: In a national address Tuesday night, US President Barack Obama said he has asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote on Syria while diplomacy is pursued. Obama said that recent diplomatic steps offer “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons” inside Syria without the use of force, but he also insisted the U.S. military will keep the pressure on President Assad “and be ready to respond” if other measures fail.
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Obama blends threat of attack, hope of diplomacy

AP: In a national address Tuesday night, US President Barack Obama said he has asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote on Syria while diplomacy is pursued. Obama said that recent diplomatic steps offer “the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons” inside Syria without the use of force, but he also insisted the U.S. military will keep the pressure on President Assad “and be ready to respond” if other measures fail.

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Obama: Strike on hold if Syria abandons chemical weapons
ABC News: US President Obama said if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives up his chemical weapons, a military strike would “absolutely” be on pause. He told Diane Sawyer in an ABC News interview that he considers Syria’s apparent willingness to relinquish control of its chemical weapons a “modestly positive development.”  Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will delay a vote on authorizing military force in Syria, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday.
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Obama: Strike on hold if Syria abandons chemical weapons

ABC News: US President Obama said if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gives up his chemical weapons, a military strike would “absolutely” be on pause. He told Diane Sawyer in an ABC News interview that he considers Syria’s apparent willingness to relinquish control of its chemical weapons a “modestly positive development.”

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he will delay a vote on authorizing military force in Syria, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday.

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Syria, Russia welcome Kerry’s chemical weapons suggestion
Foreign ministers from Syria and Russia have welcomed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s suggestion that Bashar al-Assad hand over all of his chemical weapons within one week if he wants to avert an attack on Syria.
The New York Times reports that Kerry said his suggestion was more of a debating point than an ultimatum, but the reactions appear to represent a possible point of agreement between all sides on how to address the chemical weapons issue.Kerry is scheduled to join other senior administration officials at a briefing today for U.S. lawmakers, who are returning from their August recess. More updates on BreakingNews.com.
Photo: Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem, left, gives a press conference today with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. (Yuri Kadobnov / AFP - Getty Images)

Syria, Russia welcome Kerry’s chemical weapons suggestion

Foreign ministers from Syria and Russia have welcomed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s suggestion that Bashar al-Assad hand over all of his chemical weapons within one week if he wants to avert an attack on Syria.

The New York Times reports that Kerry said his suggestion was more of a debating point than an ultimatum, but the reactions appear to represent a possible point of agreement between all sides on how to address the chemical weapons issue.

Kerry is scheduled to join other senior administration officials at a briefing today for U.S. lawmakers, who are returning from their August recess. More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem, left, gives a press conference today with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. (Yuri Kadobnov / AFP - Getty Images)

White House chief of staff say Syria is ‘not Iraq or Afghanistan’
Speaking on the Sunday morning news shows, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made the case for U.S.-led military strikes on Syria, saying President Obama is “interested in making sure that our national security is protected.”
"This is not Iraq or Afghanistan. This is not Libya," he told CNN’s chief political correspondent, Candy Crowley. “This is not an extended air campaign. This is something that’s targeted, limited and effective.”
Read more on McDonough’s comments from POLITICO.
Additional updates on BreakingNews.com.
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White House chief of staff say Syria is ‘not Iraq or Afghanistan’

Speaking on the Sunday morning news shows, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough made the case for U.S.-led military strikes on Syria, saying President Obama is “interested in making sure that our national security is protected.”

"This is not Iraq or Afghanistan. This is not Libya," he told CNN’s chief political correspondent, Candy Crowley. “This is not an extended air campaign. This is something that’s targeted, limited and effective.”

Read more on McDonough’s comments from POLITICO.

Additional updates on BreakingNews.com.

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Kerry: Syrian first responders test positive for Sarin
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told NBC’s “Meet the Press” this morning that samples collected by first responders after the reported Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack in Syria have tested positive for the nerve agent Sarin.

Read more from NBC News.

Obama: Syrian government carried out chemical attack

AP: US President Barack Obama said in a PBS interview Wednesday that the US has “concluded” that the Syrian government carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians last week.

Obama did not present any direct evidence to back up his statement, and he said he is still evaluating options for possible military retaliation.


Photo: Activists and medics manufacture homemade chemical masks in the Damascus suburb of Zamalka, on Aug. 23. (Hadi Almonajed / Reuters)

Attack shuts down New York Times’ site

CNN: The New York Times’ website has experienced widespread outages as the apparent result of a malicious attack.

Reports of the site being down appeared on Twitter as early as 3 p.m. ET, with the site not accessible to many desktop users almost three hours later. Some reports indicate difficulty in accessing the Times’ mobile site and apps.

At about 5 p.m. ET, the Times posted on its Facebook page: “Many users are having difficulty accessing The New York Times online. We are working to fix the problem. Our initial assessment is the outage is most likely the result of a malicious external attack.”

The Syrian Electronic Army is widely suspected to be behind the attack.

Syria’s Assad joins instagram

Telegraph:Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has created an account with photo sharing social media tool Instagram, in an attempt to show his more likeable side.

Having realised the value of being loved by your public, the Syrian president, who is accused of waging chemical warfare against his own people, has uploaded photos in which he can be seen comforting the sick, feeding the elderly and exchanging kisses with star-struck citizens.

The account, which takes the handle ‘syrianpresidency’, features numerous pictures of the Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad, who grew up in Britain before marrying Mr Assad in 2000.

Photo: A general view shows damaged buildings on a deserted street in the besieged area of Homs on July 13, 2013. (REUTERS/Yazan Homsy)

John McCain meets with rebels in Syria

The Daily Beast: Sen. John McCain on Monday became the highest-ranking U.S. official to enter Syria since the civil war there began more than two years ago. McCain made the unannounced visit across the Turkey-Syria border with Gen. Salem Idris, the leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army. He stayed in the country for several hours before returning to Turkey.

Internet traffic from Syria vanishes again

Verge: Google, Renesys and others are pointing to an Internet blackout in Syria during its ongoing conflict. There has been no official word on what has prompted the cutoffs or when communications might be back online. The country’s Internet was also cut off last year when it remained offline for two days before being restored.

Syria accuses rebels of using ‘chemical weapons’


AFP Syria’s government has accused rebel forces of using chemical weapons, with state media saying ‘terrorists’ had fired ‘rockets containing chemical materials’ in Aleppo province, killing 15 people.

'Terrorists fired rockets containing chemical materials on Khan al-Assal in Aleppo province, and preliminary information suggests 15 people were killed, mostly civilians,' the state news agency SANA and Syrian state television said.

Photo: Syrian troops take position in a heavily damaged area in Aleppo, on January 12, 2013 (AFP)