Turkey cautiously welcomes US-Russian deal on Syria

Turkey has voiced a skeptical optimism after the United States and Russia agreed on a plan to eliminate Syria?s chemical weapons

Turkish FM Davutoğlu to visit Paris over Syria talks

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will visit Paris for a meeting on Syria

Turkey to consult NATO over downing of jet by Syria

ISTANBUL ? Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday that his country would hold emergency talks with NATO in the next few days over the downing of one of its jet fighters by Syria, claiming the plane was attacked in international airspace. In another posting Sunday, he said that Turkey, a NATO member, would invoke Article 4 of the NATO treaty, which provides for consultations by the allies when one …

Syria: Factoring in the Russian Factor

By Patricia H Kushlis

Recent events have demonstrated yet again that Russians are Russians whether in charge of the Soviet Union or the Russian Federation.  Whether the Obama administration inadvertently stumbled onto this fact of life or not, Americans and others who worked on Soviet affairs during the Cold War could have told you that it takes a show of grit and demonstrated resolve to go up to and sometimes over the brink as the single way to bring the Russian government around and to the negotiating table.

Obama warns Syria over chemical plan

Barack Obama warns of “consequences” if the Syrian regime fails to comply with a US-Russia deal to destroy or remove its chemical weapons.

US and Russia agree Syria arms deal

Syria’s chemical weapons must be destroyed or removed by mid-2014, under a deal that could be backed by force, the US and Russia agree.

Iran says US no longer has pretext to attack Syria

Iran’s deputy foreign minister said the United States no longer has a pretext to attack Syria, following a deal struck to eliminate that country’s chemical weapons

Syrian rebel leader says US-Russian deal a blow to uprising

The head of the opposition Syrian Supreme Military Council slammed the breakthrough deal

US believes 45 sites in Syria chemical program: Official

Washington believes there are 45 sites in Syria linked to the country’s chemical weapons program, a U.S. official said Sept. 14

Putin has a good time at Obama?s expense

As I read Vlad?s op-ed in the New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: ?Isn?t it rich? Isn?t it queer??

Obama?s missteps on Syria lead to retreat

Sometimes a president does not have a communications problem. Sometimes a president has a reality problem.

Obama lifted his Syria speech from Bush

President Obama never misses a chance to ?blame it on Bush,? and last night?s address to the nation on Syria was no exception.

A Win-Win-Win for Everyone (Except the Syrians)

It should be no surprise that U.S. and Russian diplomats struck a deal to get rid of Syria?s chemical weapons so quickly. Both nations had strong converging interests to do just that. Diplomacy becomes almost easy under those circumstances.

Syria opposition demands ban on regime air power

Syria’s opposition demanded that the international community impose a ban on the regime’s air power

Obama welcomes Syria deal, expects al-Assad’s compliance

If Syria does not comply with the deal, ‘the U.S. remains prepared to act,’ Obama said
Syrian opposition elects moderate Islamist Ahmad Tumeh as PM

The opposition Syrian National Coalition elected moderate Islamist Ahmad Tumeh as provisional prime minister on Sept. 14

Syria Is a Legal Triumph

President Obama has bungled Syria. He said he?d enforce the accidental red line he drew on chemical weapons, then tacked to asking Congress for approval for military strikes, then swerved again to nudge the Russians to broker an unlikely deal with Assad. The zigzagging made his big speech Tuesday night confusing and unconvincing.

Israel and AIPAC clash on Syria strike

Dismissing threat from Syria, many Israelis would rather keep Iran in the international community’s cross hairs.
Syria Is a Legal Triumph

President Obama has bungled Syria. He said he?d enforce the accidental red line he drew on chemical weapons, then tacked to asking Congress for approval for military strikes, then swerved again to nudge the Russians to broker an unlikely deal with Assad. The zigzagging made his big speech Tuesday night confusing and unconvincing.

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