Lawmakers press Obama to take action on Syria
WASHINGTON - Republican senators on Sunday pressed U.S. President Barack Obama to intervene in Syria's civil war, saying America could attack Syrian air bases with missiles but should not send in ground troops.
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Democratic foreign policy figures press for intervention in Syria
Former Defense Secretary William Perry and former Obama administration officials Ann-Marie Slaughter and Dennis Ross add to pressure on the White House from regional allies and Republican rivals. WASHINGTON — President Obama's vow to limit U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war is being criticized from a usually sympathetic quarter: the Democratic foreign policy establishment.
Defection illustrates Syrian rift
The conflict tearing Syrian apart also destroyed the deep ties between President Bashar Assad and Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlas, a brigade commander in the ultra-loyal Republican Guard, who has fled his country. BEIRUT — They were close friends and shared a singular lineage: Both were blood royalty of the Syrian leadership caste, birthright beneficiaries of their fathers' stranglehold on the nation.
Friend of Assad deserts Syria for France
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian general Manaf Tlas, a friend and ally of President Bashar al-Assad who headed a unit of the elite Republican Guard, has fled Damascus and is on his way to Paris, a close family friend and the French government said on Friday.
Free Syrian Army Attacks Elite Damascus Guards
The Free Syrian Army launched what they described as an exploratory attack on an elite Republican Guard base, which is near the Presidential Palace, in Damascus late Monday.