• Syria Nov 12, 2020

    In Ruins, Syria Marks 50 Years of Assad Family Rule

    On Nov. 13, 1970, Hafez Assad, a young career air force officer, took power in Syria in a bloodless coup, the latest in a succession of military takeovers since independence from France in 1946

  • Donald Trump Jan 13, 2019

    Arab Nations Inch Closer to Rehabilitating Syria and Assad

    He has survived eight years of war and billions of dollars in money and weapons aimed at toppling him. Now Syrian President Bashar Assad is poised to be readmitted to the fold of Arab nations, a feat once deemed unthinkable as he forcefully crushed the uprising against his family’s rule. Gulf Arab nations, once the main backers of rebels trying...

  • Donald Trump Apr 15, 2018

    In Run-Up to Missile Strike, an Orderly, Chaotic White House

    For the second time in his presidency, President Donald Trump stared, horrified at pictures of children killed in a chemical attack in Syria. And for the second time in his presidency, those visceral images helped propel Trump toward military strikes in a country he sees as a trap for the United States. At times, the lead-up to Friday’s strikes was...

  • Donald Trump Jul 20, 2017

    US Seeks Syrian Solution, But Assad Doesn't Have to Go First

    The U.S. is seeking a political resolution to the crisis in Syria and won’t insist on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s immediate ouster, President Donald Trump’s homeland and counterterrorism adviser said Thursday. “I don’t think it’s important for us to say Assad must go first,” Tom Bossert said at the Aspen Security Forum, an annual gathering of intelligence and national security...

  • Donald Trump Apr 21, 2017

    Trump, Italy's Gentiloni Talk Trade, Security Matters

    Weeks before President Donald Trump’s first official overseas trip, trade and security matters were top items of discussion in his meeting Thursday with the prime minister of Italy, one of the two European countries set to welcome Trump in May. Standing alongside Italian premier Paolo Gentiloni, Trump praised Italy’s contributions to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He commended its...

  • Donald Trump Apr 17, 2017

    After US Strikes, Trump's Syria Plan Starts Coming Into View

    Can threatening war crimes charges persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power? What about guaranteeing his safety in exile? These long-shot proposals are at the center of the Trump administration’s new effort to resolve Syria’s six-year civil war. Though still evolving, President Donald Trump’s plans for Syria have come into clearer view since he ordered cruise missiles fired on...

  • Donald Trump Apr 10, 2017

    US Seeks to Fight ISIS and Oust Assad: Trump Advisors

    President Donald Trump’s national security adviser on Sunday left open the possibility of additional U.S. military action against Syria following last week’s missile strike but indicated that the United States was not seeking to act unilaterally to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad....
    In his first televised interview, H.R. McMaster pointed to dual U.S. goals of defeating the Islamic State group and...

  • Donald Trump Apr 9, 2017

    After Syria Strike, Trump's Emerging Doctrine Is Flexibility

    In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s surprise strikes on Syria, his allies and adversaries have searched for some broader meaning in his decision....
    Is Trump now a humanitarian interventionist, willing to wield American military power when foreign governments threaten their own citizens? Is he a commander in chief who once warned against intervention in Syria but is now prepared to...

  • Donald Trump Apr 6, 2017

    Fact Check: Trump's Line on Syria

    President Donald Trump said the Obama administration “had a great opportunity to solve” the crisis in Syria when Obama set a “red line” for military intervention. But when Obama didn’t launch such intervention, “I think that set us back a long ways,” Trump said. However, Trump ignores his repeated calls at the time to “not attack Syria.” Trump is free...

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