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April 26, 2017 9:30 AM Pope Francis to Visit Egypt in Wake of Attacks

Trip comes as Islamist terrorism tests efforts to improve relations between the faiths Pope Francis will pursue efforts to reach out to Muslims during a visit to Egypt this week that comes as rampant Islamist terrorism is posing the greatest test to dialogue between the faiths since the Vatican made it a priority half a century ago. The pope has earned 35

April 24, 2017 6:33 PM U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Syrian Government Workers After Sarin Attack

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday said it was imposing sanctions on 271 employees of the Syrian government agency that produces chemical weapons and ballistic missiles, blacklisting them from travel and financial transactions in the wake of a sarin attack on civilians this month. The sanctions on members of President Bashar al-Assad’s Scientific 65

April 15, 2017 2:38 PM Car bomb explodes near evacuation buses in northern Syria, 39 killed

A car bomb has exploded near buses carrying Syrians evacuated from towns besieged by rebels in northern Syria. At least 39 people have been killed, according to Syrian state TV. The explosion Saturday hit an evacuation point south of Aleppo city where dozens of buses have been parked for over 30 hours as a much criticized population transfer deal stalled 77

April 12, 2017 3:55 PM Circa: Obama Official: Syria Chemical Agreement 'Came Back to Haunt People That We Were Trying to Protect'

Images last week of another horrific chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria left the world shocked and many wondering; weren't Syria's chemical weapons destroyed? Turns out the U.S.' deal with Russia to wipe out Syria's stockpiles wasn't so solid, but it wasn't a total failure. In the aftermath of a large-scale chemical attack against Syrian civilians 69

April 8, 2017 10:51 PM Continued bombing by Assad shows limits of single U.S. attack

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump on Saturday praised the U.S. military for carrying out the missile attack on a Syrian airfield and struck back at mounting questions over whether it would help achieve a momentum shift in Syria’s bloody civil war. In an afternoon tweet, Trump defended the operation against criticism from some members of Congress and military 69

April 8, 2017 7:53 AM Trump’s Syria Strike: Obama’s Red Line Enforced

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (particularly the caretaker of Camp David, who must feel like the Maytag repairman watching the goings-on at Mar-a-Lago), After Thursday night’s attack on Syria, the conventional wisdom congealed 196

April 7, 2017 4:08 AM The Latest: Netanyahu welcomes US attack on Syria base

Israel's prime minister has welcomed the U.S. attack on a Syrian air base saying he "fully supports" President Trump's decision. Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday in a statement that "In both word and action" Trump "sent a strong and clear message" that "the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated." Israel's Channel 2 TV said Israel along 72

April 6, 2017 11:26 PM The main question after any strikes on Syria: How does Russia respond?

For President Trump, choosing targets and launching cruise missiles to punish the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons this week may be a relatively clear-cut decision. The big problem is what comes next. The military has been preparing options for a strike against President Bashar al-Assad since well before 2013, when the Syrian dictator killed 81

April 6, 2017 8:12 AM Bashar Assad’s ISIS Fight May Be Reason Trump Is Cautious

As late as earlier this week, some in the White House were saying that for the U.S. to pursue the ouster of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad would be “silly.” But after President Donald Trump’s strong statement Wednesday about Assad’s use of chemical weapons and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s denunciation of both the Syrian government and its Russian enabler 70

April 4, 2017 4:10 PM EU, UN assess Syria’s reconstruction needs as donors gather

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s top diplomat said Tuesday that the United Nations, EU and world financial institutions have begun technical work to figure out what will be needed to rebuild war-ravaged Syria. Speaking on the eve of an international conference on Syria, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the work would foster peace efforts 83