September 3, 2013 Despite the end of the Cold War, U.S. presidents are sending the U.S. military into battle with great frequency. The military has carried out more than a dozen separate operations since the first Gulf War in Iraq in 1991.
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 30, 2013 The survey paints a complex picture of a war-weary American electorate, who are generally opposed to a war in Syria but who support limited strikes on chemical warfare infrastructure.
August 29, 2013 Laying the groundwork for a possible military strike, the Obama administration briefed Congress on Thursday. It told them it had intelligence that proved President Bashar Assad was responsible for a chemical attack on his people.
August 28, 2013 Residents in the Syrian capital have grown used to war over the past two years. But as the likelihood of a U.S. strike grows, people are becoming nervous. They're preparing for the possibility by withdrawing cash and buying bread, batteries and bottled water.
August 28, 2013 When U.S. presidents opt for limited military action, the aim is to prevent drawing the U.S. into a larger conflict. But on several occasions in recent decades, such strikes have been followed by devastating attacks against U.S. targets.
August 27, 2013 Many Syrians believe a U.S. military strike is coming, but few believe it will alter the course of the war in a country that has already been ravaged by more than two years of fighting.
August 25, 2013 A senior Obama administration official dismissed the action, saying it was "too late to be credible." Meanwhile, Iran warned that the U.S. would face "severe consequences" if it crossed the red line.
August 22, 2013 The doctors say they don't know exactly what caused the casualties, but they describe hundreds of patients descending on their hospitals, all suffering from similar symptoms.
August 1, 2013 The attack showed that while the government has made significant gains, rebels still have firepower. The explosion hit the neighborhood of Zahra, which is majority Alawite, the same sect as President Bashar Assad.
June 14, 2013 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also cast some doubt on the United States' claim that the regime of Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons against rebel forces.
June 13, 2013 The White House announced Syria had crossed a "red line" by using chemical weapons. Many of the GOP reactions suggested the announcement was long overdue. And they made clear they expect much more from the president than just arming the Syrian rebels.
June 5, 2013 Syria's army has retaken the key crossroads town of Qusair after heavy fighting with rebels. NPR's Rima Marrouch, who was a regular visitor before the war, explains how the Christian-Muslim town became a sectarian battleground.