Battle On Lebanese Border as Syria Talks Falter

U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrives for a news conference at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva

BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and fighters from Lebanese ally Hezbollah pounded Syria’s strategic border town of Yabroud on Wednesday, activists said, in apparent preparation for a new offensive to flush out rebels.

Hezbollah Supporter Lobbies for Syria on Hill

Syrian Christians advocating against support for rebels criticized as Assad puppets
Syria

A delegation of Syrian Christian leaders met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week to lobby against aid to the Syrian opposition, drawing fire from critics who claim the group is part of a pro-Assad propaganda effort.

The Big Chide

Column: What will the world look like in 2017?
AP

Say goodbye to the big stick. Say hello to the big chide.

Five months ago, you will recall, President Obama was preparing to launch military strikes against Bashar al-Assad. The strikes were averted when the Russians, seizing on a gaffe by Secretary of State John Kerry, proposed a deal in which Assad would give up his WMD if the United States did not bomb.