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As elections loom in Germany, few support Obama on Syria

BERLIN - Although Germany has had a resurgence of neo-Nazi attacks on refugees, U.S.-Germany relations have garnered much media attention with a possible U.S. attack on Syria and the National Security Agency spying scandal.


Turkey: "Do as I say, not as I do"

Turkey has joined the U.S., Britain, and France in calling for military intervention in neighboring Syria, following the reported deployment of a chemical nerve agent against Syrian civilians.


Filipino workers urged to flee Syria, lawmaker condemns U.S. attack

The Philippine Embassy in Damascus is urging Filipinos working in Syria to either return home or seek refuge in neighboring countries due to increasing danger and possible U.S. intervention.


Kurdish struggle a key factor in Syria and beyond

For almost a century, the Kurds-one of the world's largest ethnic groups without its own state-have been deceived and double-crossed, their language and culture suppressed, their villages burned and bombed, and their people scattered; now they are major players in the Middle East.


Appeals to White House: Don't bomb Syria

In a letter dated Aug. 28, 18 human rights, peace and religious organizations appealed to President Obama to reject military intervention in Syria.


Top general: Intervention in Syria would be costly, risky

U.S. options for military intervention in Syria would cost "billions" and require massive commitments of troops, plus planes, ships, submarines, and other equipment.


Syria, poison gas, and Arabian tales

It is not unlike Sherlock Holmes and the dog that didn't bark. And like Holmes, start with the facts.


Syria and the monarchs: a perfect storm

The Obama administration's decision to directly supply weapons to the Syrian opposition may end up torpedoing the possibility of a political settlement.


U.S. intervention in Syria is a dangerous move

The Obama administration's announcement last week that it would start direct military aid to Syrian rebels is a dangerous step in the wrong direction.


So far, Obama resists pressure to attack Syria

The fact that the president is exercising caution at this point is, for many, a positive change from the Bush-Cheney approach.

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