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U.S. Formally Recognizes Syrian Opposition

December 13, 2012

The U.S. on Tuesday recognized the Syrian Opposition Council as the sole “legitimate representative” of Syria’s people, joining France, Britain, Turkey, Spain, Italy, and Persian Gulf Arab nations in their recognition of the group. The EU is withholding full recognition partly for its concerns that the group includes radical Islamists. The U.S. had previously acknowledged that the Council was a legitimate representative of […]

Washington Warns Syria

December 5, 2012

The United States warned the Syrian government on Monday against using chemical weapons in its ongoing civil war. “Today I want to make it absolutely clear to [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad…The world is watching,” President Obama said, adding that “the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable.” U.S. Secretary of State […]

Iran Emboldened, Fires at U.S. Drone

November 15, 2012

Iranian jets fired at an unmanned, unarmed U.S. predator drone on November 1, the Pentagon announced last week. The drone was left unharmed and returned safely to its base. The exact location of the drone when it came under fire has become a matter of debate. While the Pentagon maintains that the aircraft was 16 nautical […]