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Israel Says It’s Not Asking U.S. to Intervene in Syria

Israel Says It’s Not Asking U.S. to Intervene in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
An official said Sunday that Israel was not urging the United States to take military action, despite intelligence assessments asserting the presence of chemical weapons in Syria.
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As Syria fighting grows, young professionals leave Damascus

As Syria fighting grows, young professionals leave Damascus | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
DAMASCUS, Syria — White daffodils and violet daisies waxed aromatic from the crystal vase on the young couple's dining table.
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Lawmakers ponder role for U.S. in Syria

Lawmakers ponder role for U.S. in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
  A bipartisan slate of political leaders pondered what role the United States should play in Syria following indications that its besieged leader used chemical weapons in that country's civil war.  Following the Obama administration's declaration...
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Former Mossad head Dagan: Israel should do whatever it can to bring down Syria’s Assad

Former Mossad head Dagan: Israel should do whatever it can to bring down Syria’s Assad | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Former Intel Chief Yadlin: United States should “fly B-2 to Gulf to show its determination to use force if necessary.”
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Revealed: The boy prankster who triggered Syria's bloody genocide with slogans sprayed in his schoolyard

Revealed: The boy prankster who triggered Syria's bloody genocide with slogans sprayed in his schoolyard | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian schoolboys, including Bashir Abazed (right) began to paint graffiti on the school walls to annoy the security forces.
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Syria spillover risk grows as Assad turns desperate

Syria's neighbors face a growing risk of the conflict spilling across their region as Bashar Assad turns to ever more desperate acts to halt fighters — including the alleged use of chemical weapons.
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Obama’s 'red line' on Syria: An Iraq-like 'slam dunk' moment? (+video)

Obama’s 'red line' on Syria: An Iraq-like 'slam dunk' moment? (+video) | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
President Obama said a 'red line' would be crossed if the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against rebels. Might that propel the US into war, as those elusive 'weapons of mass destruction' did in Iraq?
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Syria: Al-Qaeda's battle for control of Assad's chemical weapons plant - Telegraph

Syria: Al-Qaeda's battle for control of Assad's chemical weapons plant - Telegraph | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A battle near a factory believed to be one of the Syrian regime's main chemical weapons plants shows just how close such weapons could be to falling into al-Qaeda's hands, writes Colin Freeman.
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Rebels attack sprawling air base in northern Syria

Rebels attack sprawling air base in northern Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syrian rebels attacked a sprawling military air base in the country's northwest on Saturday, while in the south opposition forces assaulted a string of army checkpoints and positions, activists said.
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Chemical Weapons and Assad's Game in Syria

Chemical Weapons and Assad's Game in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
When Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said on Thursday that American intelligence agencies believed, with varying degrees of certainty, that Bashar al-Assad’s regime has used chemical weapons—Hagel mentioned sarin gas—against its enemies in Syria,...
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Muslim clerics in Syria urge release of kidnapped bishops

Muslim clerics in Syria urge release of kidnapped bishops | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BEIRUT — In a strong message of solidarity, Muslim clerics across Damascus on Friday denounced the kidnapping earlier this week of a pair of Syrian Christian bishops abducted at gunpoint.
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Aleppo: Scenes from a City of Ruins

Aleppo: Scenes from a City of Ruins | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Italian photographer Alessio Romenzi has been chronicling the Syrian civil war for months. The following pictures of his are from a few days in mid-April spent in the battle-scarred city of Aleppo.
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Assad’s Chemical Romance

Assad’s Chemical Romance | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The Syrian regime's subtle approach deliberately offers the Obama administration the option to remain quiet about chemical attacks and thereby avoid the obligation to make good on its threats. But even more worrying, Assad's limited use of chemical weapons is intended to desensitize the United States and the international community in order to facilitate a more comprehensive deployment in the future -- without triggering intervention. 

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Obama voices Syria concern to Putin

Obama voices Syria concern to Putin | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
US President Barack Obama voices concern to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about reports that Syria has used chemical weapons.
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Alleged chemical arms use in Syria appears to fit pattern of gradual introduction of weapons

Alleged chemical arms use in Syria appears to fit pattern of gradual introduction of weapons | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The instances in which chemical weapons are alleged to have been used in Syria were purportedly small in scale: nothing along the lines of Saddam Hussein's 1988 attack in Kurdish Iraq that killed thousands.
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U.S. Weighs Syria Response

U.S. Weighs Syria Response | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Lawmakers pressed the Obama administration to intervene in Syria's civil war, citing the regime's alleged chemical-weapons use, as the White House weighed its response against a sobering fact: Damascus has developed a world class air-defense system.
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Syria’s neighbors cautious about U.S.-led intervention in civil war

Syria’s neighbors cautious about U.S.-led intervention in civil war | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Syria’s neighbors, wary of stirring a conflict that could spill back over their borders, would be reluctant partners in a U.S.-led intervention but are ultimately likely to support limited military action if widespread use of chemical weapons is...
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Syrian Revolution Digest: Hold the [Red] Line!

Syrian Revolution Digest: Hold the [Red] Line! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

To President Obama, paraphrasing Toto: It's not in the way that you told us, It's not in the way you say you care, It's not in the way you've been treating your friends, It's not in the way that you'll stay till the end, It's not in the way you calculate or the things that you say that you do: Hold the line; Crises are not always on time. Nor are they convenient or easy to handle. But the fact is: ignoring them will not make them go away.  

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Read our salon: Should the U.S. intervene in Syria?

Two experts debated the most responsible U.S. response to reports Syria may have used chemical weapons
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Lebanon dragged in as Hezbollah joins Syria war

Lebanon dragged in as Hezbollah joins Syria war | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
BAALBEK, Lebanon (Reuters) - Along north Lebanon's highways, the portraits of Hezbollah militants who have died in skirmishes with Israel are fading.
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Analysis: No good military options for U.S. in Syria

Analysis: No good military options for U.S. in Syria | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite President Barack Obama's pledge that Syria's use of chemical weapons is a game changer for the United States, he is unlikely to turn to military options quickly and would...
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Islamist Rebels’ Gains in Syria Create Dilemma for U.S.

Islamist Rebels’ Gains in Syria Create Dilemma for U.S. | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The armed opposition fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s government has become radicalized, leaving the United States with no obvious allies.
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Syrian Revolution Digest: The Adventures of Professor Calculus in the White House!

Syrian Revolution Digest: The Adventures of Professor Calculus in the White House! | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Syrians have been demanding a no-fly zone long before the death toll reached 1,000. With the official death toll now around 100,000, we can safely say that President Obama is not in the habit of rushing into things, jumping to conclusions or shooting from the hip. In fact, President Obama has just demonstrated the veracity of a very interesting hypothesis, namely that refraining from action for long enough period can have the same devastating effect as rushing into it. Now, and on the basis of these findings, would the President be willing to undertake some course correction? Would he finally change his “calculus?”  

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Covert help for Syria's rebels in Jordan

Covert help for Syria's rebels in Jordan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse reports from Jordan on help being given to Syrian rebels - both to the Free Syrian Army and to Islamists.
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