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February 18th, 2014
09:23 PM ET

Syrian Boy in desert Photo: Propaganda or true suffering?

The White House is again stressing that military action is off the table when it comes to ending the brutal civil war in Syria.

The heartbreak of that bloody conflict has been captured in a photograph a Syrian child surrounded by United Nation workers as he trudged through a desert in Jordan.

His family, it appeared at the time, nowhere to be seen.

Bill Weir is takes a closer look at the picture.

Filed under: International • News • Syria
February 17th, 2014
09:38 PM ET

Eric Cantor on Syria: America’s reputation as a leader is severely tarnished

Officials estimate there are roughly 2.5 million Syrian refugees and many of them split up from families.

As for the death toll, the United Nations has stopped counting because it can no longer verify the numbers.

The U.N.'s last count in late July was more than 100,000

It's been eight months since the White House admitted that Syrian President Bashar al Assad had crossed a red line by using chemical weapons on the Syrian people.

But only 11% of those weapons have been destroyed, according to U.N. officials.

There has been a loud silence from America since that red line. And the world and the U.S. are running out of time and options.

"They have refused to open up one line of discussion legitimately about the transition government and it is very clear that Assad is continuing to try to win this from the battlefield rather than come to negotiating table in good faith," Secretary of State John Kerry said.

The security situation there is spinning out of control. For months we've heard reports about atrocities being carried out by a rebel group of al Qaeda inspired extremists.

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about his foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

Cantor says America's reputation as a leader has been severely tarnished by our inaction in Syria.

"There’s a residue of America drawing a ride line and failing to live up to its word," Cantor said.

Filed under: International • News • Syria
November 6th, 2013
09:11 PM ET

New concerns about Syria hiding chemical weapons

It was supposed to be a diplomatic breakthrough. President Obama avoided American military action in Syria by making a "deal" on chemical weapons.

The problem is - the deal was oversold. There are new concerns about what's really going on in Syria.

Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr is OutFront.

Filed under: News • Syria
September 27th, 2013
01:44 PM ET

U.N. resolution on Syria would not authorize force

So the U.S. and Russia have finally reached an agreement on a UN resolution to rid Syria of its chemical weapons – but did Russia get exactly what it wanted?

The agreement does not authorize the automatic use of force if Syria violates the terms. Outfront to discuss is State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

Filed under: Russia • Syria • United Nations
September 13th, 2013
09:23 PM ET

U.S. & Russia face hurdles in eliminating own stockpiles

Bashar al-Assad's regime is reportedly moving its stockpile of chemical weapons to more secret, disperse locations in Syria.

If true, it could make it a lot tougher for the U.S. to track the poison.

Even if all the chemical weapons are found, getting rid of 1,000 tons of toxic is no simple task.

Barbara Starr is OutFront with the story.

Filed under: News • Syria
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