Kerry's Senate replacement a 'no' vote on existing Syria resolution
September 10th, 2013
01:45 PM ET
7 months ago

Kerry's Senate replacement a 'no' vote on existing Syria resolution

Washington (CNN) – The man who replaced John Kerry, who left the Senate to become secretary of state, will not support the military strike against Syria that his predecessor has been advocating.

Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey voted "present" last week when the Senate Foreign Relations committee passed a resolution authorizing the president to take military action in Syria.
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Filed under: Ed Markey • John Kerry • Syria
September 8th, 2013
11:51 AM ET
7 months ago

Kerry: Saudi Arabia OK with international military strike on Syria

Paris(CNN) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking Sunday from Paris, where he met with Arab League ministers, said Saudi Arabia has approved international military intervention in Syria.

"They support the strike," Kerry said after meeting with Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal.

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Pryor a 'no' on Syria
Sen. Mark Pryor, seen here in a political ad, is a "no" on striking Syria.
September 7th, 2013
01:53 PM ET
7 months ago

Pryor a 'no' on Syria

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the Obama administration sells its plan for limited military strikes against Syria, an Arkansas Democrat says he "cannot support military action at this time."

Sen. Mark Pryor issued a statement Saturday saying President Obama and his national security team have not yet made an effective case for taking action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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September 6th, 2013
11:16 AM ET
8 months ago

As Syria point man, Kerry out on limb but loving it

Washington (CNN) – On Thursday night last week, John Kerry got a call from the White House. He had already spoken out Monday about what he said was "undeniable" evidence Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gassed his people. Now he was being asked to make a speech Friday afternoon laying out the case the United States had against the Assad regime and the importance of taking action to prevent him from doing it again.

In forceful and emotional remarks, drafted overnight by his staff and President Obama's White House aides, Kerry laid out the U.S. intelligence against Assad and made the case for urgent U.S. action.

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Kerry signals Obama Oval Office address on Syria
September 4th, 2013
06:35 PM ET
8 months ago

Kerry signals Obama Oval Office address on Syria

(CNN) – Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he has "no doubt" President Barack Obama will soon make a speech on Syria from the Oval Office.

Kerry's comment came at the end of a four-hour congressional hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he faced questions on the president's proposal to take military action in Syria.
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Filed under: John Kerry • President Obama • Syria
September 4th, 2013
11:40 AM ET
8 months ago

House members take on Obama officials

(CNN) – Three top Obama officials underwent another round of questioning Wednesday in their effort to sway Congress to support the president's proposal for limited military strikes in Syria.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey returned to the Hill, this time for a four-hour grilling by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Congress • House • John Kerry • Martin Dempsey • Syria
September 3rd, 2013
08:09 PM ET
8 months ago

Rand Paul compares John Kerry to a 'clairvoyant'

(CNN) - Following his tense exchange with John Kerry at Tuesday's Senate hearing on Syria, Sen. Rand Paul said the secretary of state is overstating his certitude that a military strike against the regime of Bashar al-Assad will make the Middle East safer.

"Well, he sounds like he must be a clairvoyant because he can predict the future now and so we should ask him for stock picks, you name it, who's going to win the Kentucky Derby next year if he can guarantee the future," the Kentucky Republican said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront."
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Filed under: John Kerry • Rand Paul • Syria
September 1st, 2013
09:03 AM ET
8 months ago

Kerry: 'Signatures of sarin' found in Syria

Updated 3:20 p.m. ET, 9/1

(CNN) - Blood and hair samples from eastern Damascus, Syria, have "tested positive for signatures of sarin" gas, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday, arguing that with "each day that goes by, this case is even stronger."

Kerry said on CNN's "State of the Union" that the U.S. obtained the samples independently from "first responders" and through an "appropriate chain of custody"," not the United Nations chemical weapons inspectors.
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Government releases Syria chemical weapons assessment
August 30th, 2013
01:26 PM ET
8 months ago

Government releases Syria chemical weapons assessment

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Syrian officials made preparations for chemical weapons use for three days prior to the August 21 attack, and that rockets were launched from areas controlled by the Syrian regime and landed in areas controlled by the opposition or contested.

Kerry said the American intelligence community has "high confidence" in what he called evidence and facts that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons, adding that "the questions is what are we ... in the world going to do about it."

He spoke as the government released an assessment by the U.S. intelligence community of the alleged August 21 attack.

"We assess with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out the chemical weapons attack against opposition elements in the Damascus suburbs," the report said.


Filed under: John Kerry • President Obama • State Department • Syria • White House
August 26th, 2013
07:03 PM ET
8 months ago

Senator: Avoid optics of 'Western vs. Islamic struggle' on Syria

Washington (CNN) - A top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee urged the Obama administration against taking unilateral military action in Syria, in part because of how it would look in the international community.

Sen. Jack Reed said Monday on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" that unilateral action would be "a mistake" and that with a coalition the "political pressure would be sufficient" to pressure the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad. Potential partners could include Great Britain, France and Turkey, he said.
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