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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.
Photo via NBC News

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.

Photo via 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)

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)

BREAKING: Panetta opens combat roles to women

AP: Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the US military’s ban on women serving in combat. The move opens hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs.

The groundbreaking move overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller combat ground units. Military services have until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

Prince Harry leaves Afghanistan after 20-week tour of duty
Prince Harry has left Afghanistan after a 20-week tour of duty as a co-pilot gunner in Apache attack helicopters, the British Ministry of Defence said tonight.In just-released, candid interviews conducted with several news organizations, Harry addressed an incident last year where he was photographed naked in a Las Vegas hotel room: “I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down.”Watch BBC News' video of Harry’s interview.More details on Harry’s deployment from the Today Show.Photo: Prince Harry is shown an Apache helicopter by a member of his squadron at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Sept. 7, 2013. (John Stillwell / PA)

Prince Harry leaves Afghanistan after 20-week tour of duty

Prince Harry has left Afghanistan after a 20-week tour of duty as a co-pilot gunner in Apache attack helicopters, the British Ministry of Defence said tonight.

In just-released, candid interviews conducted with several news organizations, Harry addressed an incident last year where he was photographed naked in a Las Vegas hotel room: “I probably let myself down, I let my family down, I let other people down.”

Watch BBC News' video of Harry’s interview.

More details on Harry’s deployment from the Today Show.

Photo: Prince Harry is shown an Apache helicopter by a member of his squadron at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan on Sept. 7, 2013. (John Stillwell / PA)

Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan to pilot attack helicopters
Prince Harry has flown into Afghanistan to begin a 4-month tour of duty with the British army, where he will command one of the UK’s Apache attack helicopters, The Guardian reports.Photo: Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the military, prepares his Apache helicopter to go out on a mission during his training in the U.S. earlier this year. (Sgt Russ Nolan Rlc / MoD)

Prince Harry returns to Afghanistan to pilot attack helicopters

Prince Harry has flown into Afghanistan to begin a 4-month tour of duty with the British army, where he will command one of the UK’s Apache attack helicopters, The Guardian reports.

Photo: Prince Harry, or Captain Wales as he is known in the military, prepares his Apache helicopter to go out on a mission during his training in the U.S. earlier this year. (Sgt Russ Nolan Rlc / MoD)