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New Sanctions on Syria Among Biggest Ever by US

White House announces 271 penalties, cites chemical weapons attack

(Newser) - The White House accuses Syrian leaders of gassing their own civilians , and it's looking to punish anyone in the nation connected to the weapons. On Monday, the Treasury Department announced sanctions against 271 employees of a Syrian agency believed to have developed and produced chemical weapons, reports USA Today ... More »

Thorn in the Side of 9 US Presidents: the Assads

Marathon negotiations with Bashar al-Assad's father were nicknamed 'bladder diplomacy'

(Newser) - The Assad family has been in power in Syria since a successful coup in 1970, the last of dozens that occurred after the country, which is wedged between Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq, had declared sovereignty from France in 1946. Since then, each of nine American presidents has tried... More »

Explosion Hits Buses Carrying Evacuating Syrian Families

At least 39 have been reported killed

(Newser) - Syrian TV says at least 39 people were killed Saturday in an explosion that hit near buses carrying people evacuated from a besieged area of government loyalists. A war monitor puts the death toll at 24 in the area controlled by opposition fighters, the AP reports. The explosion Saturday was... More »

Misdirected US-Led Strike Kills 18 Allied Fighters in Syria

US Central Command says aircraft were given the wrong coordinates

(Newser) - A misdirected airstrike by the US-led coalition earlier this week killed 18 allied fighters battling the Islamic State in northern Syria, the US military said Thursday. US Central Command said coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates by their partner forces, the predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, for a strike intended... More »

Assad: Chemical Weapons Attack 100% Fabricated by US

In order to justify a US airstrike in response, he says

(Newser) - In a new interview with AFP , Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the US, "hand-in-glove with the terrorists," "fabricated" the suspected chemical weapons attack that killed at least 87, including many children, in a rebel-held town. The reason for the "fabrication"? The US wanted "a... More »

Russia Vetoes UN Resolution on Syrian Chemical Attack

And Rex Tillerson says US-Russia relations are at a 'low point'

(Newser) - The US—along with France and the UK—had sought to pass a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria and calling for a full probe into last week's attack only to have it vetoed by Russia during a meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday,... More »

White House: Russia Lying About Syrian Chemical Attack

Officials say Russia is spreading 'false narratives' to protect Syrian government

(Newser) - Russia is running a "disinformation campaign" to confuse responsibility for last week's chemical attack in Syria and protect the Syrian government, according to White House officials. In a declassified report released Tuesday, the US government concludes Syrian forces used sarin gas during the attack, the New York Times... More »

Spicer's Hitler Analogy Goes Horribly Awry

'Hitler didn't even sink to the level of using chemical weapons'

(Newser) - Sean Spicer is being hit with a wave of criticism—the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is even calling for his firing—after he said Hitler wasn't that bad compared to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at least in one specific area. "Hitler didn't even sink to... More »

Eric Trump 'Sure' Ivanka Pushed President to Bomb Syria

He says Trump's daughter isn't afraid to contradict his advisers

(Newser) - How did President Trump go from staunchly opposing any action in Syria to launching an airstrike in a matter of days? His son, Eric Trump, tells the Telegraph he's "sure" the decision has Ivanka Trump's fingerprints all over it. "Ivanka is a mother of three kids... More »

Susan Rice's Claims on Syria Fail Fact-Checker's Test

In January, she suggested Assad had turned over all his chemical weapons

(Newser) - The Fact Checker blog at the Washington Post has taken the unusual step of looking at a months-old statement made by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice about Syria's chemical weapons. She won't be happy to learn that she earned the worst ranking of Four Pinocchios (only "... More »

Trump Administration Gets Tough With Russia

Iran, Russia warn US not to cross 'red lines'

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Moscow on Tuesday, and the visit is highly unlikely to be the love-in that some predicted in the Trump administration's earlier days. Tillerson talked tough on Russia in interviews Sunday, calling for the country to end its support of Syria's... More »

Haley: Syria Regime Change 'We Think Is Going to Happen'

Says Trump's decision to bomb was 'one of president's finest hours'

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to bomb Syria this week "was really one of the president's finest hours," says US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, speaking with CNN 's State of the Union. "He wanted to know exactly what the facts and evidence was. He... More »

Media's Reaction to Syrian Strike Feels Like Déjà Vu

'Are we really doing this again?'

(Newser) - After President Trump's strikes on Syria this week, praise from the usually antagonistic media "flowed like wedding champagne," Margaret Sullivan writes for the Washington Post . It poured in from CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and MSNBC. Trump "became president," followed his... More »

Fresh Airstrikes Hit Town Devastated by Chemical Attack

N. Korea calls US strike 'unforgivable'

(Newser) - North Korea has stepped up its anti-American rhetoric even more after the US strike on Syria, a country it considers a close ally. In a blistering statement issued Saturday, Pyongyang denounced the strike as " a clear and unforgivable act of aggression" that showed its decision to develop nuclear weapons... More »

Trump's Alt-Right Base in a Fury Over Syria Strike

Some believe Trump was conned into Syria strike

(Newser) - President Trump's intervention in Syria isn't sitting well with a group that has long provided some of his staunchest support: bloggers loosely described as being on the alt-right. Politico , the Washington Post , and the New York Times provide examples of the anger, and two main themes are clear:... More »

Russia: 'Extremely Serious' Consequences for US Strike

Airstrike in Syria has dealt 'significant blow' to US-Russia relationship

(Newser) - Things are getting tense between the US and Russia following the US missile strike on a Syrian air base. Vladimir Putin's office says the attack dealt a "significant blow" to the relationship between the two countries, the New York Times reports. And according to Reuters , Russia's deputy... More »

No One Liked Brian Williams' Take on Syria-Bound Missiles

Actually, one guy did like how he called them 'beautiful'

(Newser) - It's been awhile since "Brian Williams" and "controversy" have been uttered in the same sentence, but might as well take a crack at it again now that we're solidly in 2017. The MSNBC newscaster was among those providing commentary Thursday night after the US launched dozens... More »

Dangerous Syria Fallout? Moscow Ditches Hotline With US

Russia pulls out of communication link designed to keep pilots from colliding

(Newser) - One potentially dangerous consequence from the US strike on Syria : A hotline of sorts between Russia and the US is kaput. In the wake of the strike, Moscow says it will no longer participate in what is known as a "deconfliction line," reports the AP . The premise was... More »

Syria: US Strike Killed 6, Caused 'Significant' Damage

Congress is split, but not along party lines

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to strike a Syrian airbase in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians has bipartisan support—and bipartisan opposition. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio were joined by Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in voicing their support for what... More »

Russia: US Strike on Syria an 'Act of Aggression'

Pentagon says Russian forces were warned

(Newser) - The US hit a Syrian air base with almost 60 Tomahawk missiles early Friday in what President Trump says was a response to a chemical attack on civilians—and what Russia and Syria say was an act of aggression. A spokesman for Vladimir Putin told reporters Friday that Putin considers... More »

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