Putin Orders Withdrawal of Russian Forces from Syria

VOA Jonas Bernstein Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria, as new U.N.-mediated peace talks on Syria began in Geneva. Russian state media quoted Putin Monday as telling Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei
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US Considering Military Talks With Russia on Syria

VOA News Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is considering Russia's offer of military-to-military talks on the war in Syria, as Moscow bolsters its military presence there. Kerry, who held talks this week by telephone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said Wednesday he wants a "complete and clear (more...)

Kerry Expresses Support for U.N., Russian Peace Efforts in Syria

This article was originally published on the Voice of America website on January 14. .S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed support for U.N. efforts to halt the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, as well as for Russia’s bid to restart peace talks for the (more...)

Kerry: ISIL a Threat to Russia, Too

By Scott Stearns VOA News This article originally was posted to the Voice of America website on September 11. Jeddah, Saudia Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and the U.S. administration are disappointed by Russia’s initial reaction to President Obama’s speech on the Islamic State of Iraq and (more...)

Kerry, Lavrov Hold Constructive Meeting on Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, seen here at U.N. Headquarters, held a “very constructive” 90-minute meeting about a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution to hold the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad accountable for its chemical weapons stockpile, senior U.S. officials (more...)

Obama’s National Address on Why Syria Matters

My fellow Americans, tonight I want to talk to you about Syria -- why it matters, and where we go from here. Over the past two years, what began as a series of peaceful protests against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a brutal civil war. (more...)

Obama to Seek Congress Support on Response to Syria Chemical Use

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer President Obama announced that he will seek support from the U.S. Congress to carry out a limited military response against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which executed a poison gas attack August 21 that killed 1,429 Syrian civilians in the (more...)

Global Norms Demand Response to Chemical Weapons Use

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The United States has a national security stake in defending international prohibitions on the use of chemical weapons. Syria’s apparent “flagrant violation” of that standard demands a response, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. President Obama is now engaged in deciding what that response (more...)

United States Adds $100 Million in Syrian Aid

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer The United States is providing an additional $100 million in humanitarian assistance to more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees already living outside of Syria and the several million displaced within the war-torn country, Secretary of State John Kerry says. The additional funding brings (more...)

U.S. Shifts Policy on Syria, Announces Direct Support for Rebels

By Phillip Kurata Staff Writer The United States has shifted its policy toward Syria by deciding for the first time to send assistance directly to the rebels fighting to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. “We need to stand on the side of those in this fight who want (more...)

U.S. Pledges More Aid, Continued Support for Syrian People

By MacKenzie C. Babb
Staff Writer
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced the United States will contribute an additional $5.5 million to support the more than 140,000 people who have fled Syria’s ongoing violence. “With these contributions, the United States is now providing nearly $82 million for food, (more...)

U.N. Security Council Now United Behind Syria Plan, Clinton Says

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the transition and peace plan for Syria that was agreed to in Geneva June 30 is significant because of Russia and China’s support, and she said Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad will not play a role on the (more...)

U.S. Giving $12 Million in Aid to Assad’s Victims

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer Along with joining the Arab League and others in the international community in pressing Bashar al-Assad to end the violence in Syria and agree to a peaceful political transition, the Obama administration is also providing more than $12 million in humanitarian relief for the (more...)

Syrians Facing “Murder and Starvation”

By Stephen Kaufman Staff Writer A senior U.S. official says all nations should “heed the call of conscience” in response to the Syrian government’s continued brutal suppression of its people, and should halt all support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime, including arms or material transfers and financial support. Speaking at an urgent debate (more...)

U.S. Treasury Imposes Sanctions Against Syria’s Bank

By Merle David Kellerhals Jr. Staff Writer

The United States has imposed financial sanctions on Syria’s largest commercial bank and its largest mobile telephone operator, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.
Treasury announced the sanctions August 10 against the Commercial Bank of Syria, a Syrian state-owned financial institution, and its (more...)

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