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 12, 2013 Russia is "playing games. ... They know that the regime in Damascus is a criminal regime," Gen. Salim Idris tells NPR. Many Syrians, he says, "can't understand why the Russians and Iranians are supporting the [Assad] regime" and why "our friends are delaying" in coming to the opposition's aid.
September 11, 2013 Military Times asked 750 active-duty personnel about whether the U.S. should take action against the Assad regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons. About three-quarters said no. While not scientific, the results do echo what some military personnel have said in interviews.
September 11, 2013 The U.S. secretary of state will be in Geneva on Thursday to meet with his Russian counterpart. Russia's proposal that the Assad regime hand over its chemical weapons may provide a diplomatic way of resolving the crisis. But the U.S. has said Assad can't use it as a delaying tactic.
September 10, 2013 Russia has suggested Assad hand over his WMDs. France is drawing up a resolution to bring before the U.N. Security Council. The Obama administration says it's willing to work with those and other nations on such a plan. But the White House also says it can't let up the pressure on Assad.
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 9, 2013 Russia's foreign minister says he has told his Syrian counterpart that one way to head off a U.S. strike could be to hand over control of those weapons to international watchdogs. The Assad regime has reportedly welcomed the suggestion. The White House says any turnover has to be verifiable.
September 9, 2013 If the U.S. does not take action, Syrian President Bashar Assad will use chemical weapons "again and again," U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power says. But Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., sees "no direct security threat" to the U.S. or its allies. The debate is building to votes in Congress.
September 6, 2013 He's going to continue making "the best case" that military action needs to be taken in response to President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons, Obama said Friday.
September 6, 2013 The announcements come as the U.S. tries to build up support for a military strike on Syria. There have been reports that Iran or others might try to retaliate.
September 6, 2013 Iran has told militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and other American interests if the U.S. hits military targets in Syria, The Wall Street Journal reports. Meanwhile, President Obama continues to lobby world leaders for support of taking action against the Assad regime.
September 4, 2013 Administration officials continue to push for Congressional support of strikes on Syria. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is adding to the number of targets inside Syria that could be struck. They include warplanes, attack helicopters and missile sites. If they're destroyed, Assad's regime could be weakened.
September 4, 2013 The president did not rule out going ahead with a military strike on the Assad regime's assets even if Congress does not agree. Obama is on the first day of a short trip to Europe. While there, he'll push for support from other world leaders.