U.S. Warns Assad Regime Preparing New Chemical Weapons Attacks

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

The United States confirmed that it sees evidence that embattled Syrian President Bashar al Assad is gearing up to again use chemical weapons attacks against his citizens in a protracted and bitter war that has caused scores of casualties in the war torn country.

The Importance of the Golan Heights

Like the decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights came as a surprise to many, even if the matter had already gathered steam on Capitol Hill in recent years. It was one of the least publicly discussed aspects of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first meeting with Trump at the White House in February 2017. So why is the Golan so important?