Hannah Allam

Citing ‘high confidence’ of chemical weapons use, U.S. makes case for attack on Syria

Pledging a stand against the “indiscriminate, inconceivable horror of chemical weapons,” Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday laid out the Obama administration’s case for a military intervention in Syria based on intelligence that says the Syrian regime gassed civilians multiple times in defiance of international norms. | 08/30/13 20:15:42 By - By Lesley Clark, Anita Kumar and Hannah Allam

With Britain out, U.S. ready to go it alone in Syria

U.S. intervention in Syria won’t have the support of key ally Britain after a historic vote by Parliament on Thursday to reject any military action to deter the use of chemical weapons by President Bashar Assad’s regime. | 08/29/13 21:00:25 By - By Lindsay Wise, Anita Kumar and Hannah Allam

Attacking Syria raises thorny questions as well as risks

The Obama administration’s preparations on Syria this week raise many thorny questions about the risks associated with launching a punitive strike against Bashar Assad’s regime over the alleged use of chemical weapons. | 08/28/13 19:27:25 By - By Hannah Allam

U.S. wins Arab League backing as plans emerge for strike against Syria

The Arab League on Tuesday declared the Syrian regime “fully responsible” for an alleged chemical weapons attack, giving the Obama administration symbolic regional cover to proceed with a punitive offensive that could begin within days. | 08/27/13 18:48:21 By - By Nancy A. Youssef and Hannah Allam

U.S. appears to weigh military response to alleged Syrian use of chemical weapons

U.S. officials on Sunday called Syria’s decision to allow a U.N. team to investigate the site of a purported chemical attack “too late to be credible,” signaling that the Obama administration was leaning toward a military intervention in the two-year-old civil war. | 08/25/13 20:12:27 By - By Hannah Allam, James Rosen and Jonathan Landay

U.S. awaits UN inspection before responding to Syria chemical weapons claims

The Obama administration, along with key ally Britain, on Friday strongly suggested that a chemical attack was the reason for scores of civilian deaths in Syria this week but continued to push for a U.N. investigation before committing to any punishment for President Bashar Assad’s regime. | 08/23/13 20:53:43 By - By Hannah Allam, Mitchell Prothero and Lesley Clark

Unconfirmed reports of chemical weapons use in Syria complicate U.S. role

Syrian government forces unleashed artillery attacks and air raids in eastern Damascus on Wednesday in a campaign that followed unverified reports of mass deaths in a chemical weapons attack. | 08/21/13 19:32:17 By - By Mitchell Prothero and Hannah Allam

Egypt quandary deepens for White House

President Barack Obama convened his National Security Council on Tuesday to weigh whether the U.S. should cut off aid to Egypt, as he struggles to respond to a continuing crisis that has led to the imprisonment of its democratically elected president and the deaths of nearly 1,000 civilians. | 08/20/13 18:38:05 By - By Anita Kumar and Hannah Allam

As Obama debates Egypt, U.S. allies pick sides

Key U.S. allies are picking clear sides in the bloody showdown between the Egyptian military and its opponents, creating a challenge to the Obama administration’s efforts to remain neutral in Egypt’s worsening crisis. | 08/19/13 18:58:54 By - By Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

U.S. cancels military operation with Egypt, but not aid

The United States on Thursday advised Americans to leave Egypt and canceled a joint military training exercise, but stopped short off cutting off aid, reflecting the Obama administration’s attempt to retain some influence as the situation continued to deteriorate following a lethal crackdown on supporters of the country’s deposed president. | 08/15/13 18:47:41 By - By Lesley Clark and Hannah Allam

U.S. journalist marks year in captivity as risks increase for war reporters

Tuesday marked a year since American journalist Austin Tice was detained while covering the civil war in Syria, one of at least 14 news media workers who’ve vanished or been seized in the past year, according to press advocacy groups. | 08/13/13 19:52:30 By - By Hannah Allam

New vision of al Qaida rises from U.S. Embassy closings

The rise in prominence of Nasir al Wuhayshi, the Yemeni head of al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, underscores the transformation of al Qaida from a relatively small group led by one charismatic man into a diffuse global organization with many branches that pursue local objectives but follow a single ideology, according to counterterrorism analysts and officials. | 08/08/13 19:07:53 By - By Hannah Allam and Adam Baron

Broad U.S. terror alert mystifies experts; ‘It’s crazy pants,’ one says

U.S. officials insisted Tuesday that extraordinary security measures for nearly two dozen diplomatic posts were to thwart an “immediate, specific threat,” a claim questioned by counterterrorism experts, who note that the alert covers an incongruous set of nations from the Middle East to an island off the southern coast of Africa. | 08/06/13 19:47:17 By - By Hannah Allam

Global terror alert inconsistent with U.S. portrayal of weakened al Qaida

The Obama administration’s sweeping response to an alleged al Qaida plot – closing diplomatic posts in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia – suggests a terrorist organization that’s capable of striking virtually anywhere, not the one U.S. officials have depicted as a group that’s near defeat. | 08/05/13 19:51:43 By - By Hannah Allam and Lesley Clark

U.S. travel alert comes amid al Qaida glee over prison breaks

The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens Friday as it suspended operations in 21 Muslim countries in response to “current information” that suggests al Qaida-affiliated militant groups might strike within the next month. | 08/02/13 17:58:36 By - By Hannah Allam

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