• Air Force Sep 3, 2019

    Syrian Father Who Lost Twins to Poison Gas Uprooted Again

    When Abdel Hamid al-Yousef lost his 9-month-old twins in the poison gas attack that hit the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017, the world witnessed his heartbreak and grief in the video of him cradling their lifeless bodies in his arms, bidding them farewell in the chaotic aftermath of the attack. Determined to continue with his life despite...

  • Donald Trump Jan 12, 2019

    Democratic Hawaii Rep. Gabbard Running for President in 2020

    Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii has announced that she is running for president in 2020.
    Gabbard said in a CNN interview slated to air Saturday night that she will be formally announcing her candidacy within the next week.

  • defense secretary Aug 31, 2018

    The Looming, Final Battle for Syria's Cornered Rebels

    In a corner of northwestern Syria packed with nearly 3 million people, the government and its opponents are preparing for a final, bloody showdown. The campaign for Idlib, the opposition’s only remaining stronghold in the country and now a refuge for over a million displaced Syrians, is likely to be the last major theater of battle after seven years of...

  • El Monte Jul 21, 2018

    El Monte Woman Severely Injured in Chemical Attack

    A woman suffered life-threatening injuries today when someone poured an unknown type of caustic chemical onto her in El Monte, possibly in front of an apartment building.

  • chemical weapons Apr 18, 2018

    UN Team Fired on at Site of Alleged Gas Attack in Syria

    Assailants opened fire at a U.N. security team visiting the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, an official said Wednesday, forcing it to retreat to its base and further delaying a fact-finding mission by outside experts to examine the claims. Gunmen shot at the U.N. team in Douma on Tuesday and detonated an explosive, leading it to...

  • Beverly Hills Apr 19, 2018

    Angelenos Donate 2 Tons of Goods After Suspected Chemical Weapons Attacks in Syria

    In the wake of new chemical attacks in Syria, Angelenos of all races and religions work with “Save the Syrian Children” to collect 5,000 pounds worth of medical supplies to underground Syrian hospitals.

  • 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 Apr 16, 2018

    San Diego-Based Destroyer USS Higgins Used in Attack Against Syria

    A San Diego-based destroyer was among the four Navy ships that fired dozens of cruise missiles in an attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program early Saturday morning, the Department of Defense said.

  • Captain Apr 14, 2018

    Western Airstrikes Unlikely to Impact Assad's War Machine: Analysis

    The Western airstrikes targeting suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities might have rained down punishment from the sky, but they will not fundamentally degrade a war machine whose main bases, weaponry and personnel remain in place. As a symbol, they might reflect the inability to prevent President Bashar Assad from marching toward a professed victory in the civil war — still...

  • Donald Trump Apr 15, 2018

    Russia Condemns Syrian Airstrikes as ‘Act of Aggression'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the strike on Syria launched by the United States and its allies as an “act of aggression” that will exacerbate humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. Putin slammed the attack as a “destructive influence on the entire system of international relations.” He reaffirmed Russia’s view that a purported chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma that...

  • Donald Trump Apr 9, 2018

    Suspected Poison Gas Kills at Least 40 in Damascus Suburb

    Suspected poison gas was used to attack the last remaining foothold for the Syrian opposition in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, killing at least 40 people, including families found in their homes and shelters, opposition activists and local rescuers said Sunday. The attack on the besieged town of Douma came almost exactly a year after a chemical attack in the...

  • Donald Trump Mar 8, 2018

    For Pyongyang, Mideast Offers Cautionary Nuclear Tale

    As North Korea considers negotiating over its nukes, it may find lessons in the Middle East, where leaders imperiled, paranoid or pugnacious have long used the doomsday weapon threat to secure a wobbly perch. It is a delicate dance — and getting the balance wrong can end badly. Holding nuclear weapons, or even chemical weapons, gives a strongman powerful leverage...

  • Donald Trump Jul 6, 2017

    Putin, Trump to Meet in Germany Amid a Sea of Disputes

    For Russian President Vladimir Putin, a meeting with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany offers a long-sought opportunity to negotiate a rapprochement with Washington. But controversy over the Trump campaign’s ties with Russia will loom over the talks, making any agreements unlikely. Rarely in recent history has a meeting of two...

  • Middle East Jun 28, 2017

    Trump's Footloose Foreign Policy Keeps His Own Team Guessing

    When the White House issued a statement Monday evening threatening to exact “a heavy price” in response to a potential chemical attack by the Syrian government, senior national security officials were caught off guard, NBC News reported. White House officials say there were consultations, but key officials who help make Middle East policy at the Pentagon and the State Department...

  • Central Intelligence Agency Jun 20, 2017

    US-Russia Tensions Rise Over Syria

    Russia vows to treat all U.S. planes above Syria as targets after U.S.-backed forces shot down a Syrian fighter jet, further intensifying tensions between the U.S. and Russia.

  • Donald Trump Apr 22, 2017

    Trump Says Paris Attack Will Help Le Pen in Election

    President Donald Trump waded into France’s upcoming elections Friday, saying he believes an attack on police officers this week will help Marine Le Pen, the far-right presidential candidate. In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump said that while he is not explicitly endorsing Le Pen, the attack played to her strengths. “She’s the strongest on borders, and she’s the...

  • Facebook Apr 16, 2017

    Over 100 Killed During Syria's Troubled Population Transfer Near Aleppo

    A stalled population transfer resumed Saturday after a deadly explosion killed at least 100, including children, government supporters and opposition fighters, at an evacuation point — adding new urgency to the widely criticized operation....
    The blast ripped through a bus depot in the al-Rashideen area where thousands of government loyalists evacuated the day before waited restlessly for hours, as opposition fighters...

  • Donald Trump Apr 13, 2017

    Trump Says US-Russia Relations May Be at ‘All-Time Low'

    With tensions rising over Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that U.S. relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low” as he moved ever further away from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow. “Right now we’re not getting along with Russia at all,” Trump said flatly during a White House news conference with...

  • Donald Trump Apr 12, 2017

    Trump Says ‘We're Not Going Into Syria' While Decrying Gas Attack

    President Donald Trump addressed his missile strike on Syria and America’s involvement in the country’s six-year civil war in an interview with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo that aired Wednesday morning, NBC News reported. “We’re not going into Syria,” the president said, adding that “what I did should have been done by the Obama administration a long time before I did...

  • Donald Trump Apr 12, 2017

    Tillerson in Moscow: Pushing on Syria Where Obama Failed

    The Trump administration veered toward deeper conflict with Russia Tuesday as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow, gambling that an unpredictable new president armed with the willingness to threaten military action gives the U.S. much-needed leverage to end Syria’s carnage....
    Yet there were no guarantees Tillerson’s arguments would prove any more successful than the Obama administration’s failed effort to...

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