November 25, 2013 Representatives from the opposition and from the Assad regime will sit down for the first time, the U.N. says. But great obstacles remain. The opposition says Assad must step down. He and his supporters have said they aren't going to discuss handing over power.
October 31, 2013 An important step has been taken in the quest to rid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of its lethal weapons. Next, an agreement must be finalized on a plan to destroy tons of toxic agents and munitions.
September 27, 2013 As they resume their investigation into allegations about the use of chemical weapons in Syria, U.N. experts are looking into at least three incidents for which President Bashar Assad's aides have said the rebels were responsible. The inspectors are not expected to assign blame.
September 13, 2013 Although a Free Syrian Army commander has said his fighters haven't yet gotten any "lethal aid" from the U.S., sources tell NPR that some small arms are being delivered to "moderate" rebels. Meanwhile, U.S. and Russian diplomats report progress in their discussions.
September 12, 2013 In Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry said despite the difficulties, the U.S believes a deal is workable. The Syrian leader had offered to sharing data about his chemical weapons stockpile 30 days after signing the international treaty banning their use.
September 9, 2013 While making the case for striking Syria, the secretary of state also tried to reassure Americans and U.S. allies that the effort won't draw the nation into another war. His choice of words is getting attention.
September 3, 2013 The Republican senator supports military action that makes it harder for Syrian President Bashar Assad to wage war against his people. The Senate on Tuesday starts debating the president's request for authorization to strike Syria in response to its alleged use of chemical weapons.
September 2, 2013 The Syrian presidents insists that the United States and other have not been able to back their claims that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in an Aug. 21 attack. His remarks come as President Obama lobbies two key senators regarding his plan to use military force against Syria.
August 27, 2013 The Obama administration says there is little doubt that President Bashar Assad's regime is to blame for last week's reported attack, while some analysts explore the feasibility of alternative scenarios.
August 23, 2013 Reports about the use of chemical weapons near Damascus are "very troublesome," the president tells CNN. For the U.S., "core national interests" are now at stake: Syria's weapons of mass destruction must not be allowed to spread. But military action also requires international support, Obama says.
August 21, 2013 Opposition activists say more than 200 people are dead after explosions near Damascus. Their claim that some type of poisonous gas was used is being denied by President Bashar Assad's regime.
June 13, 2013 The "shockingly high levels" of killings continue in Syria, says U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. The U.N. puts much of the blame on the Assad regime.
May 30, 2013 President Bashar Assad says his military has taken delivery of some Russian anti-aircraft missiles. Meanwhile, there are reports that leaders of the opposition say they won't attend peace talks until Assad's forces lift a siege.
May 28, 2013 Although the European Union is lifting its embargo, EU nations say they do not now have plans to send arms to those fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Still, Russia is critical of the decision and says it will follow through on plans to send additional arms to Assad's military.