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Israel and U.S. Conduct Missile Test in Mediterranean

JERUSALEM — Israel and the United States tested a new air-defense system on Tuesday morning, launching a missile from deep in the Mediterranean Sea that caused consternation in Syria and Russia given the heightened tension in the region as the Obama administration weighs a military strike in Syria. Multimedia Multimedia Feature A Broader Look at the War Across Syria Video: Obama Seeks Support on Syria Document: U.S. Assessment of Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons Video: History as a Guide in Read more […]


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Lebanese clerics charged over deadly Tripoli bombings

Lebanon has charged two religious clerics over bombings which killed at least 42 people at two mosques in the northern city of Tripoli last week. Sheikhs Hashem Minkara and Ahmad Gharib, along with three other men, are suspected of forming an armed cell to attack government institutions. The clerics are thought to have close ties to a Sunni group linked to Syria. The Tripoli blasts are considered the deadliest attack in Lebanon since the… WN.com – Photown News Read more […]


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Amid doubts, Obama and Cameron make a case for Syria strike

Arab Spring Reuters August 29, 2013 – 18:56 By Mark Hosenball and Oliver Holmes WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his allies sought to convince cautious lawmakers and the public of the need to strike Syria although officials conceded on Thursday they lacked conclusive evidence that President Bashar al-Assad ordered his forces to use chemical weapons against civilians. Obama told Americans on Wednesday evening that a military strike against Syria was in their interest following Read more […]


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Attacking Syria is about saving face, not saving lives

The moral outrage is all over this debate. As the West prepares to launch airstrikes against the Syrian regime in retaliation for its alleged use of chemical weapons, lines of global leaders and their cheering commentators are using a superior sense of morality to justify it. Last year, Obama talked of chemical weapons use being a “red line” in Syria – and now that it has been crossed, we are told that we must act. US Secretary of State John Kerry set the tone when he described the attacks as Read more […]


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Russia: No Proof Syria Govt Behind Chemical Strike

MOSCOW — Western nations that are calling for military action against Syria have no proof the Syrian government is behind the alleged chemical weapons attack, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors France, Britain, Israel and some U.S. congressmen have said military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime should be an option if it has Read more […]


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US gave Iraq intel in 1980s, ignored chemical attacks

Photograph and cameraman take pictures on March 20, 1988 of a Kurdish father holding his baby in his arms in Halabja, northeastern Iraq. Both were killed in an Iraqi chemical attack on the city. (IRNA/AFP/Getty Images) The United States provided Iraq with intelligence on preparations for an Iranian offensive during the Iran-Iraq war even though it knew Baghdad would respond with… WN.com – Photown News Read more […]