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Executive Summaries - News Deeply

We review the key developments in Syria, including the government reaching a rebel-held air base in Idlib, the U.N. saying more than 80 people have been killed near Damascus since last month, and Turkey summoning a U.S. diplomat to protest support for ...and more »

Reaping the Whirlwind: Kerry, al-Nusra, Russia and Syria - CounterPunch

“I think you're looking at three people, four people in the administration. I lost the argument. I've argued for the use of force. I'm the guy who stood up [in August 2013] and announced that we're going to attack Assad for the use of weapons.” U.S ...and more »

Kerry Says USIs Not Giving Up On Syria - U.S. News & World Report

Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech Tuesday at The German Marshall Fund in Brussels. (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images). Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States is not abandoning Syria Tuesday, a day after halting negotiations ...and more »

Syria: Hospitals hit repeatedly by Russian and Syrian airstrikes, condemning hundreds of wounded to certain death - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International

Out of only eight hospitals still functioning in east Aleppo, four hospitals and a blood bank were damaged by bombing in four days, one of them twice. On 30 September, two hospitals in east Aleppo supported by MSF, among others, were damaged by ...and more »

Vladimir Putin Exits Nuclear Security Pact, Citing 'Hostile Actions' by US - New York Times

MOSCOW — Saying relations with the United States have deteriorated in a “radically changed environment,” President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia withdrew Monday from a landmark nuclear security agreement, in a troubling sign that the countries ...and more »

As the war worsens, rescue workers risk their lives on the front lines - TIME

In Syria, it's been all too easy to lose the plot. Things began simply enough, another promising bud in the Arab Spring—ordinary citizens marching peacefully against a Middle Eastern despot. It was a heart-lifting display, maybe a bit tardy after the ...and more »

Amid Deteriorating US-Russia Relations, Questions Grow About Cyberwar - NPR

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a meeting on the budget in the Kremlin on Sept. 26. Alexei Nikolsky/AP hide caption. toggle caption. Alexei Nikolsky/AP. Russian President Vladimir Putin heads a meeting on the budget in the Kremlin on Sept. 26 ...and more »

Don't Intervene in Syria - New York Times

The cease-fire in Syria that the United States and Russia tortuously negotiated has, like the one before it, fallen apart. The trouble began when an errant American airstrike killed some 60 Syrian government soldiers. Then, Russia resumed its ...and more »

Security Council fails to adopt resolutions on ending violence in war-torn Syria's eastern Aleppo - UN News Centre

8 October 2016 – The United Nations Security Council today failed to adopt two resolutions to end the bloodshed in Syria's besieged eastern Aleppo. Among the two resolutions, the one proposed by France and Spain failed to be adopted as it received a ...and more »

New satellite images reveal extent of Aleppo devastation - The Times of Israel

This satellite images released by the United Nations, shows road damage and craters, in the Sha'ar district of Aleppo, Syria, Sept. 25, 2016. (US Department of State, Humanitarian Information Unit, UNITAR-UNOSAT via AP). GENEVA (AP) — The United ...and more »