Issuance of Death Notices in Syria

The Syrian regime’s recent notices confirming the deaths of thousands of political prisoners in its custody affirms what the international community has long suspected and can never forget: the regime has systematically arrested, tortured, and murdered tens of thousands of Syrian civilians in response to their legitimate and nonviolent calls for their freedom, rights, and ...
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Statement on the Continued Success of Operations to Defeat ISIS in Syria

We congratulate the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on their successful operations to liberate al-Dashisha, Syria, from the scourge of ISIS. Dashisha since 2013 has been a key stronghold and transit route for ISIS fighters, weapons, and suicide bombers between Syria and Iraq. The SDF now controls the area, with Iraqi Security Forces controlling the Iraqi ...
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Funding for the Syrian Civil Defense and UN International Impartial and Independent Mechanism

The President has authorized the United States Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State to release approximately $6.6 million for the continuation of the vital, life-saving operations of the Syrian Civil Defense, more commonly known as the White Helmets, and the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM).
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Preserving the Southwest De-escalation Zone in Syria

The United States remains concerned by reports of impending Syrian government operations in southwest Syria within the boundaries of the de-escalation zone negotiated between the United States, Jordan, and the Russian Federation last year and reaffirmed between Presidents Trump and Putin in Da Nang, Vietnam in November. The United States remains committed to maintaining the ...
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On the Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

This holiday marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, charity, compassion, and reflection. Eid al-Fitr reminds all of us in the United States and abroad, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to maintain the spirit and lessons of Ramadan throughout the year: to promote peace, to be of service to those who are suffering and ...
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U.S.-Turkey Joint Statement

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mevlüt Çavusoğlu and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on June 4 in Washington, D.C. They reaffirmed that Turkey and the United States remain committed to addressing their common concerns in a spirit of allied partnership.
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After the Deal: A New Iran Strategy

"The IRGC has continued to pump thousands of fighters into Syria to prop up the murderous Assad regime and help make that country 71,000 square miles of kill zone. Iran perpetuates a conflict that has displaced more than 6 million Syrians inside the – 6 million Syrians and caused over 5 million to seek refuge ...
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Report of the OPCW FFM in Syria Regarding an Alleged Incident in Saraqib, Syria on 4 Feb 2018

On May 15, 2018, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Fact-Finding Mission, released its report regarding an alleged incident in Saraqib, Syrian Arab Republic on 4 February 2018. The FFM “determined that chlorine, released from cylinders through mechanical impact, was likely used as a chemical weapon on 4 February 2018 in the Al ...
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Acting Secretary of State Sullivan at a Press Availability in Toronto, Canada

"The U.S. will remain committed in Syria until ISIS is defeated and the so-called caliphate completely eliminated. We will work to ensure local forces enabled by our regional partners and allies will consolidate these gains, stabilize liberated territories, and prevent the return of ISIS. We will not leave a vacuum that can be exploited by the ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

"The nations of Britain, France, and the United States of America have marshaled their righteous power against barbarism and brutality. Tonight, I ask all Americans to say a prayer for our noble warriors and our allies as they carry out their missions. We pray that God will bring comfort to those suffering in Syria.  We ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Russian & Syrian Regime Attacks on E Ghouta

The United States condemns the ongoing military offensive that the Assad regime, backed by Russia and Iran, is perpetrating against the people of Eastern Ghouta. After repeatedly delaying the passage of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2401, which demanded a 30-day cessation of hostilities across Syria, Russia has gone on to ignore its terms and to kill innocent civilians under ...
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Remarks on Russia’s Responsibility for the Ongoing Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria

The recent attacks in East Ghouta raise serious concerns that Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime may be continuing its use of chemical weapons against its own people. Whoever conducted the attacks, Russia ultimately bears responsibility for the victims in East Ghouta and countless other Syrians targeted with chemical weapons since Russia became involved in Syria.
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The Situation in Northwest Syria

We continue to be supportive of addressing the legitimate security concerns of Turkey as a NATO Ally and critical partner in the effort to defeat ISIS. However, we urge Turkey to exercise restraint and ensure that its military operations remain limited in scope and duration and scrupulous to avoid civilian casualties.
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Retransmission of U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem Security Message

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  The U.S. Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. ...
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Joint Statement by the President of the United States and the President of the Russian Federation on Syria

The two Presidents affirmed that these steps must include full implementation of UNSCR 2254, including constitutional reform and free and fair elections under UN supervision, held to the highest international standards of transparency, with all Syrians, including members of the diaspora, eligible to participate.
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning – Syria

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately.  The security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable.   Violent conflict between government and armed anti-government groups continues throughout the country.  There is a serious risk for kidnappings, bombings, murder, and terrorism. ...
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Remarks at a Press Availability

"The second condition we have is that Iran’s military influence, the direct presence of Iranian military forces inside of Syria, they must leave and go home, whether those are Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces or whether those are paid militias, foreign fighters, that Iran has brought into Syria in this battle....
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Treasury Sanctions Additional Individuals and Entities In Response to Continuing Violent Attacks on Syrian Citizens by the Syrian Government

"As long as the Syrian government continues its campaign of brutal violence against its own people, Treasury will continue targeting the finances of anyone enabling Assad, and will continue intensifying pressure on Assad’s regime in support of diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in Syria."
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The Global Coalition – Working to Defeat ISIS

Coalition air assets have conducted more than 19,000 strikes on ISIS targets, removing tens of thousands ISIS fighters from the battlefield and killing over 180 senior to mid-level ISIS leaders, including nearly all of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's deputies, his so-called ministers of war, information, finance, oil and gas, and his chief of external operations.
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Syria Travel Warning Update

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately. The security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable. Violent conflict between government and armed anti-government groups continues throughout the country.  There is a serious risk for kidnappings, bombings, murder, and terrorism. ...
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Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

The screening and vetting protocols and procedures associated with the visa-issuance process and the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) play a crucial role in detecting foreign nationals who may commit, aid, or support acts of terrorism and in preventing those individuals from entering the United States. It is therefore the policy of the United ...
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SDF & Syrian Arab Coalition have continued their progress, isolating Raqqa.

Operation Inherent Resolve Spokesperson, Col John Dorrian, on Coalition efforts against ISIL in Syria January 17, 2017   The Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian Arab Coalition have continued their progress, isolating Raqqa. Since their operation started November 5th, our partner forces liberated 3,172 square kilometers of terrain and moved within five kilometers of Tabaqah Dam ...
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U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis

The United States is providing more than $364 million in additional lifesaving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the war in Syria, as world leaders gathered during the UN General Assembly to galvanize significant new global commitments to increase support for refugees. This announcement, which brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to this conflict to ...
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Mark Toner on The Fourth Report of the Joint Investigative Mechanism

A little over a year ago, the UN Security Council voted unanimously, through Resolution 2235 (2015) to establish the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) to determine attribution of confirmed chemical weapon use in Syria. The JIM, an independent, neutral expert panel conducted a year-long investigation into nine instances of confirmed or likely use of chemicals as ...
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Suspension of Participation In Bilateral Channels With Russia Established To Sustain The Cessation of Hostilities In Syria

The United States is suspending its participation in bilateral channels with Russia that were established to sustain the Cessation of Hostilities. This is not a decision that was taken lightly. The United States spared no effort in negotiating and attempting to implement an arrangement with Russia aimed at reducing violence, providing unhindered humanitarian access, and ...
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Joint Statement on Syria by the Foriegn Ministers of France, Italy, Germany, The United Kingdom, The United States, And the HIGH Rep of EU

The foreign ministers of France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and the High Representative of the European Union have released the following joint statement: [Begin text] The devastating events in Syria this week underscore what we have been saying for some time: the burden is on Russia to prove it is willing ...
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STATEMENT BY JOHN KIRBY ON THE CURRENT SITUATION IN SYRIA, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC September 19, 2016   We’ve seen reports from various parties today about the status of the situation in Syria, seven days after the Geneva arrangement went into effect. That arrangement is clear: there must be increased and sustained access for the delivery ...
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AMB POWER BEFORE UN SECURITY COUNCIL CONSULTATIONS ON SYRIA, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City September 17, 2016   AS DELIVERED Good evening, everybody. We are still gathering information at this time, but we have been able to confirm that, earlier today, the United States struck what we believed to be ...
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STATEMENT BY THE U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SYRIA MICHAEL RATNEY ON THE DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN RUSSIA AND THE UNITED STATES, AUGUST 29, 2016

U.S. Department Of State Office Of The Special Envoy For Syria 29 August 2016   Statement on the Discussions Between Russia and the United States Since the beginning of the revolution, the United States and its regional allies have sought to enable the opposition to build a better future for the Syrian people and to ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY ON SYRIAN REFUGEE ADMISSIONS, AUGUST 29, 2016

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC August 29, 2016   A year ago, President Obama set the goal of welcoming at least 10,000 of the most vulnerable refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria to the United States. Today, by committing additional resources to our refugee admissions process and maintaining our rigorous screening ...
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STATEMENT BY AMB POWER ON THE REPORT OF THE OPCW-UN JOINT INVESTIGATIVE MECHANISM ON THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN SYRIA, AUGUST 24, 2016

Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City August 24, 2016   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The United States welcomes the submission of the report of the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. We are reviewing its findings ...
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U.S. PARTICIPATES IN TRILATERAL MEETING ON NEXT STEPS IN SYRIA, JULY 26, 2016

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 26, 2016   The United States participated in a trilateral meeting today in Geneva with Russian officials, convened by the UN Special Envoy Staffan De Mistura.  The UN Special Envoy updated the two chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), the United States and Russia, on ...
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READOUT OF SECRETARY KERRY’S MEETING WITH UN SPECIAL ENVOY STAFFAN DE MISTURA, JULY 19, 2016

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 19, 2016   The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met today in London with UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura to discuss the situation in Syria and ongoing efforts to achieve a political solution to the conflict there. The Secretary thanked Special Envoy ...
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READOUT OF SECRETARY KERRY’S MEETING WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN, JULY 14, 2016

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 14, 2016   The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry met this evening in Moscow with Russian President Putin to advance efforts to restore the nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria and to establish conditions that can enable political transition talks to resume between ...
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U.S. HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN RESPONSE TO THE SYRIAN CRISIS, JULY 12, 2016

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 12, 2016   Secretary Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $439 million in additional lifesaving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the war in Syria. This new funding brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to this conflict to nearly $5.6 billion since ...
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READOUT OF THE PRESIDENT’S CALL WITH PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN OF RUSSIA, JULY 06, 2016

The White House Office of the Press Secretary July 06, 2016 Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to discuss President Putin’s June 20 meeting with President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Serzh Sargsian of Armenia regarding the settlement ...
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STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYRIA SUPPORT GROUP, MAY 17, 2016

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson  Washington, DC May 17, 2016   Meeting in Vienna on May 17, 2016, as the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), the Arab League, Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, The Netherlands, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, ...
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JOINT STATEMENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND THE UNITED STATES ON SYRIA, MAY 9, 2016

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 9, 2016   The Russian Federation and the United States of America, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), recognize the progress that has been made with respect to the cessation of hostilities (CoH) in Syria, in accordance with our Joint Statement of February ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY ON ATTACK ON AL-QUDS HOSPITAL IN ALEPPO, SYRIA, APRIL 28, 2016

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC April 28, 2016   We are outraged by yesterday’s airstrikes in Aleppo on the al-Quds hospital supported by both Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which killed dozens of people, including children, patients, and medical personnel. While we are still trying ...
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READOUT OF THE PRESIDENT’S CALL WITH PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN OF RUSSIA, APRIL 18, 2016

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 18, 2016   Readout of the President’s Call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Obama spoke today by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia to share his concern over the status of the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria between the Syrian ...
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SECRETARY KERRY’S PHONE CALL WITH FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV, APRIL 15, 2016

Readout John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC April 15, 2016   The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary of State John Kerry spoke today via phone with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to reiterate our serious concerns over the ongoing threats to the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria and the urgent need ...
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STATEMENT ON MURDER OF MOHAMMED ZAHIR AL-SHERQAT, APRIL 13, 2016

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC April 13, 2016   The United States condemns Daesh’s vicious murder this week in Gaziantep, Turkey of television journalist Mohammed Zahir al-Sherqat, who courageously worked to expose Daesh’s hypocrisy. We express our heartfelt condolences to the family of Mr. al-Sherqat, who is ...
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SECRETARY KERRY’S CALL WITH UN SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SYRIA STAFFAN DE MISTURA, APRIL 13, 2016

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 13, 2016   The below is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: Secretary Kerry spoke with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura this morning to discuss today’s resumption in Geneva of UN-led Syria negotiations. Secretary Kerry reaffirmed strong U.S. support for the talks to focus ...
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STATEMENT BY SPOKESPERSON KIRBY ON ATTACKS IN DEIR AL ASAFIR, SYRIA, MARCH 31, 2016

John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC  March 31, 2016   The United States is appalled by aerial strikes March 31, reportedly by the Assad regime, on a school and hospital in the Damascus suburb of Deir Al Asafir, where more than 20 people are believed to have been killed and ...
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THE UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL PLEDGES IN SUPPORT OF SYRIAN REFUGEES, MARCH 30, 2016

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 30, 2016   Today, at a high-level meeting convened by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on “Global Responsibility Sharing through Pathways for Admission of Syrian Refugees” held in Geneva, Switzerland, Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom announced additional steps the United ...
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STATEMENT BY US SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SYRIA MICHAEL RATNEY ON HUMANITARIAN ACCESS ACHIEVED UNDER THE ISSG, 9 March 2016

US Department of State Office of the Special Envoy for Syria 9 March 2016 Statement on Humanitarian Access Achieved under the ISSG   Humanitarian access has significantly improved for many of the hard-to-reach and besieged locations prioritized by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) Humanitarian Task Force for Phase One operations on February 12.  As of March ...
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JOINT STATEMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION, AS CO-CHAIRS OF THE ISSG, ON CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES IN SYRIA, FEBRUARY 22, 2016

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 22, 2016 The United States of America and the Russian Federation, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and seeking to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis with full respect for the fundamental role of the United Nations, are fully determined to ...
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STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SYRIA SUPPORT GROUP, FEBRUARY 11, 2016

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 11, 2016 Meeting in Munich on February 11 & 12, 2016, as the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), the Arab League, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, ...
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NEW U.S. ASSISTANCE TO RESPOND TO SYRIA CRISIS, FEBRUARY 4, 2016

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC February 4, 2016 Secretary Kerry announced today that the United States is providing nearly $601 million in additional life-saving humanitarian assistance for those affected by the war in Syria. This new funding brings U.S. humanitarian assistance in response to this conflict to more than $5.1 billion since ...
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REMARKS BY SECRETARY KERRY AT THE SYRIA DONORS CONFERENCE, FEBRUARY 4, 2016

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State London, United Kingdom February 4, 2016 Well, your excellencies all, I’m cutting down significantly because we were originally given a little more time, but I’m very happy to try to fit it all in as quickly as I can. After almost five years of fighting, it’s pretty incredible that ...
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STATEMENT BY US SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SYRIA MICHAEL RATNEY ON THE SUSPENSION OF THE SYRIA NEGOTIATIONS IN GENEVA, FEBRUARY 4, 2016

U.S. Department of State Office of The Special Envoy for Syria Statement on the Suspension of the Syria Negotiations in Geneva As Secretary Kerry noted on 3 February 2016, “The continued assault by Syrian regime forces — enabled by Russian airstrikes — against opposition-held areas, as well as regime and allied militias’ continued besiegement of ...
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SECRETARY KERRY ON THE NEED TO SUPPORT A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION TO THE SYRIAN CRISIS, FEBRUARY 3, 2016

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC February 3, 2016 The continued assault by Syrian regime forces — enabled by Russian airstrikes — against opposition-held areas, as well as regime and allied militias’ continued besiegement of hundreds of thousands of civilians, have clearly signaled the intention to seek a military solution rather than ...
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STATEMENT BY U.S. SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SYRIA MICHAEL RATNEY ON TODAY’S BOMBINGS IN DAMASCUS, JANUARY 31, 2016

U.S. Department Of State Office Of The Special Envoy For Syria January 31, 2016 Statement by U.S. Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney on today’s bombings in Damascus We strongly condemn ISIL’s suicide bombings today in Damascus, which resulted in dozens of people killed and injured.  We extended our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families.  ...
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VIDEO STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY ON SYRIA NEGOTIATIONS, JANUARY 31, 2016

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State State Department Washington, DC January 31, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: For almost five years, the world has watched in horror as Syria has disintegrated into a brutal conflict, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions both within and outside the country. Syria today is an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, unmatched since World ...
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STATEMENT BY SPECIAL ENVOY FOR SYRIA MICHAEL RATNEY WELCOMING THE DECISION OF THE HIGH NEGOTIATIONS COMMITTEE, JANUARY 29, 2016

U.S. Department of State Office Of The Special Envoy For Syria January 29, 2016 Statement by Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney Welcoming the Decision of the High Negotiations Committee As Secretary Kerry announced today, the United States welcomes the important decision by the High Negotiating Committee of the Syrian opposition to attend negotiations hosted ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY ON THE SYRIA NEGOTIATIONS IN GENEVA, JANUARY 29, 2016

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC January 29, 2016 The United States welcomes the important decision by the High Negotiations Committee of the Syrian opposition to attend negotiations hosted by the United Nations in Geneva. The United States also reiterates that UN Security Council Resolution 2254 must be fully implemented by all ...
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AMB. POWER ON THE SITUATION IN SYRIA, JANUARY 18, 2016

Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 18, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today, the United Nations Security Council heard a briefing from Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura, who briefed the Council on the situation in Syria, including ...
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SPOKESPERSON KIRBY ON HUMANITARIAN ACCESS IN SYRIA. JAN. 15, 2016

U.S. Department of State Office of The Spokesperson Spokesperson Kirby January 15, 2016 Yesterday, a second joint ‪‎UN-ICRC-Syrian Arab Red Crescent humanitarian convoy of over 60 aid trucks reached the towns of‪ Madaya, ‪‎Foah, and ‪‎Kefraya, where staff immediately distributed flour, winter clothes, blankets, and specialized health and nutrition supplies. Medical personnel and nutritionists are accompanying the convoy ...
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AMB. POWER ON HUMANITARIAN ACCESS IN SYRIA, JANUARY 11, 2016

Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City January 11, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The reports of starvation coming out of Madaya and other besieged regions of Syria are horrific. Before today’s delivery, the approximately 40,000 people in Madaya had received almost no humanitarian ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Syria Travel Warning Update

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated August 27, 2015, to remind U.S. citizens that the security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable as violent conflict between government and armed ...
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Amb. Power on the Adoption of UNSCR-2258 on the Mandate Renewal for Humanitarian Access in Syria

Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City December 22, 2015  The briefing in the Security Council yesterday by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres and Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Assistant Secretary-General Kang was clear: the humanitarian situation in Syria ...
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Secretary Kerry at a Press Availability with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura

Press Availability John Kerry Secretary of State New York, NY December 18, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good evening, everybody. Thank you very much for coming. First of all, I want to express again my appreciation and the appreciation of all of the P5 members of the International Syria Support Group who worked through the day, and ...
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Remarks by Secretary Kerry at the United Nations Security Council Meeting on Syria

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State New York, NY December 18, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Mr. Secretary-General, Special Envoy de Mistura, distinguished colleagues, I want to begin by thanking the other P4 members who joined together to help fashion this resolution and who spent time this morning working with our colleagues in order to bring us here ...
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Press Conference by the President

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:06 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Clearly, this is not the most important event that’s taking place in the White House today.  There is a screening of Star Wars for Gold Star families and children coming up.  So I’ll try to be relatively succinct.  Let me say ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Call With President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 16, 2015 The following is attributable to Spokesperson John Kirby: ‎Secretary Kerry spoke today via telephone with the President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, Khaled Khoja. The Secretary and Khoja discussed the results of Saturday’s meeting in Vienna of the International Syria Support Group and of the ...
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Statement of the International Syria Support Group

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 14, 2015 Meeting in Vienna on November 14, 2015 as the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), the Arab League, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and ...
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Readout of the President’s Calls with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 09, 2015 Readout of the President’s Calls with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey The President spoke separately today by phone with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey to congratulate the Turkish people ...
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Statement by Members of the Small Group of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 4, 2015 The Small Group of the Global Coalition to counter ISIL met today in Brussels at the invitation of the Belgian Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, to take stock of recent developments on the ground, continue expanding Coalition efforts to ...
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Additional Assistance for the Syrian Opposition

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 31, 2015 As Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced today at the Manama Dialogue, the United States will provide nearly $100 million in new assistance to the Syrian opposition, bringing the total support we have committed and are providing to the Syrian opposition since 2012 ...
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‪‎Vienna Communiqué‬ on ‪Syria

“Meeting in Vienna, on October 30, 2015, China, Egypt, the EU, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United States [“the participants”] came together to discuss the grave situation in Syria and how to bring about an end ...
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Remarks by Secretary Kerry at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC October 28, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you all very, very much. Bill, thanks so much for welcoming me to your new home, but thank you for remarkably generous comments. I’m very, really touched to hear them from somebody of Bill’s caliber, because as ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meetings In Riyadh

Readout John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 24, 2015 Secretary Kerry met tonight with Saudi King Salman, and enjoyed a working dinner afterward with the Crown Prince, Deputy Crown Prince, Foreign Minister and other senior Saudi officials. The group discussed a wide range of regional and bilateral security issues, to include the conflict in ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Middle East

Ambassador Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York City October 22, 2015  AS DELIVEREDThank you, Foreign Minister García-Margallo, for chairing this session. Thank you, Deputy Secretary-General Eliasson, for your thorough briefing. Distinguished Foreign Ministers, thank you for joining us today. Across Israel, Jerusalem, the West ...
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Press Conference by the President

3:55 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  I’m going to take a couple of questions from the press.  But first, a few additional pieces of business. First of all, we learned today that our businesses created another 118,000 new jobs in September, which means that we now have had 67 straight months of job creation; 13.2 million ...
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Joint Declaration on the Recent Military Actions of the Russian Federation in Syria

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 2, 2015 We, the Governments of France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America state the following in view of the recent military actions of the Russian Federation in Syria: Begin Text: We express our deep concern with regard to the ...
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Joint Communique Following the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the GCC-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 30, 2015 The U.S. Secretary of State joined Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and the Secretary General of the GCC today in New York for a ministerial meeting of the GCC-U.S. Strategic Cooperation Forum (SCF). It was the fifth SCF since its ...
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Remarks by Secretary Kerry at a Meeting on International Peace and Security and Countering Terrorism

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State United Nations New York City, DC September 30, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Mr. President, thank you very much and thank you for the chance to address this council, to all the colleagues on the Security Council. I appreciate the fact that Russia’s presidency has chosen to focus on this issue, and ...
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Rewards for Justice – Reward Offers for Information that Leads to Disruption of Financing of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 29, 2015 The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program is offering rewards for information that will disrupt the trade of oil and trafficking of antiquities that benefit the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Secretary of State has authorized ...
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Remarks by President Obama at the Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism

The White House Office of the Press Secretary September 29, 2015 Remarks by President Obama at the Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism, September 29, 2015 United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:53 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, heads of state and government.  Last year, here at the ...
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Statement by the Members of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL: The Coalition at One Year

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 28, 2015 In the year since the formation of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL we have made progress on our campaign to degrade and defeat this unprecedented terrorist scourge. As we have acknowledged from the beginning, this will be a long-term campaign. But the situation ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry On Eid al-Adha

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC September 23, 2015 Teresa and I extend our best wishes to Muslims around the world for a blessed Eid al-Adha. We congratulate the nearly three million Muslims – including thousands of Americans – who are performing Hajj this year in fulfillment of one of the fundamental ...
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The Zabadani Women’s Initiative

Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC September 11, 2015 The United States is deeply concerned about thousands of Syrian civilians trapped in Zabadani, a besieged Syrian town near the Lebanese border that has been subjected for months to relentless regime airstrikes and barrel bombs, as well as ground attacks by Hezbollah. The Asad ...
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Readout of U.S. Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney’s Trip to Moscow

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 28, 2015 U.S. Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney visited Moscow today, August 28, for consultations with Russian officials on the ongoing conflict in Syria. These meetings in Moscow are part of consultations to follow up on Secretary Kerry’s recent discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Syria Travel Warning Update

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated March 3, 2015, to remind U.S. citizens that the security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable as a violent conflict between government and ...
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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Syrian Regime’s Ongoing Use of Barrel Bombs

Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Syrian Regime’s Ongoing Use of Barrel Bombs in Civilian Areas The United States strongly condemns the Assad regime’s intensified bombing of civilians and civilian infrastructure across Syria, along with its continued use of barrel bombs. Since the first week of July, the ...
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John Kirby on release of Mazen Darwish

Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 10, 2015 We welcome the release of prominent Syrian human rights activist Mazen Darwish. We note reports that while Mazen Darwish is no longer incarcerated, we understand that he still faces trial for his work as a human rights activist. We call on the Syrian regime ...
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Explanation of Vote at a UN Security Council Vote on Resolution 2235 on a Syria Chemical Weapons Joint Investigative Mechanism

Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations  New York, NY August 7, 2015 Thank you, Madame President. Today, the UN Security Council has taken another step aimed at stopping the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The step is necessary because – despite our previous efforts to stop the use of chemical weapons – the ...
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ISIL Kidnappings in Homs, Syria

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 7, 2015  The United States strongly condemns #ISIL’s kidnapping this week of a reported 230 innocent civilians, including women and children, in the central Syrian province of Homs. ISIL’s attacks have also resulted in the displacement of an estimated 2,000 people from nearby villages. ...
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Treasury Sanctions key Hezbollah Leaders for their support to Asad’s ruthless Military Campaign in Syria

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today imposed sanctions against a set of key Hizballah leaders, military officials, and an associate in Lebanon, further exposing and targeting Hizballah’s active support to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Hizballah’s terrorist activities.  Today, Treasury designated Mustafa Badr Al Din, Fu’ad Shukr, and Ibrahim Aqil ...
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The United States and the United Arab Emirates launched The Sawab Center

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 8, 2015 The United States and the United Arab Emirates today launched The Sawab Center,* the first-ever multinational online messaging and engagement program, in support of the Global Coalition Against Daesh. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and UAE ...
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Secretary Kerry on World Refugee Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. June 18, 2015 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY World Refugee Day World Refugee Day, marked on June 20, is a time to honor those who flee violence and persecution and those who help them on their journey. It’s almost unfathomable that nearly 60 million men, women ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Ramadan

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. June 17, 2015 Statement by Secretary Kerry On Ramadan On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month ...
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Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power on the Situation in Yarmouk

Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations  New York, NY April 30, 2015 The United States strongly condemns the Syrian regime’s April 28 shelling and bombing of Yarmouk, a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus, and expresses concern over today’s reports of ongoing violent clashes in the camp. The regime’s latest aerial bombardment further threatens ...
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Remarks by Kerry, Syrian Opposition Council President Khoja

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson April 30, 2015 REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry And Syrian Opposition Council President Khaled Khoja April 30, 2015 Treaty Room Washington, D.C. SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. I’m very pleased to welcome the president of the Syrian Opposition Coalition, President Khoja. And we’re very happy to ...
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Palestinians in Syria

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Media Note April 27, 2015 In response to the devastating crisis in Yarmouk, Ambassador Samantha Power, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, announced April 24 that the United States is providing an additional $6 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency ...
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White House on Situation in Yarmouk Refugee Camp

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. April 10, 2015 Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Situation in Yarmouk Refugee Camp We welcome UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s statement on the situation in Yarmouk refugee camp, and join him in calling for an end to hostilities, access for humanitarian assistance, ...
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Ambassador Power on Situation in Yarmouk, Syria

U.S. Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy New York, N.Y. April 7, 2015 Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on the Situation in Yarmouk. The United States strongly condemns ISIL’s advance on the besieged Palestinian community in Yarmouk, southern Damascus. Since entering Yarmouk on ...
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State Dept. on Violence Against Syrian Civilians

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. April 3, 2015 STATEMENT BY MARIE HARF, ACTING SPOKESPERSON Recent Violence against Civilians in Syria The United States strongly condemns attacks this week against Syrian civilians, who continue to suffer from both the Asad regime and violent extremist groups. Fighting between regime forces and an ...
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Facts on U.S. Humanitarian Aid in Response to Syrian Crisis

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. March 31, 2015 FACT SHEET U.S. Humanitarian Assistance in Response to the Syrian Crisis U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power announced today at the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait that the United States will provide nearly $508 million in ...
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Obama’s Call with Turkish President Erdoğan

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. March 26, 2015 Readout of the President’s Call with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey The President spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today to discuss ongoing cooperation in the fight against ISIL and common efforts to bring security and stability to Iraq and ...
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Kerry’s Meeting with Moaz al-Khatib of Syria

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C March 25, 2015 STATEMENT BY JEN PSAKI, SPOKESPERSON Secretary of State John Kerry’s Meeting with Moaz al-Khatib Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne Patterson met today with Moaz al Khatib, former President of the Syrian Opposition ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Moaz al-Khatib

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 24, 2015 Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Moaz al-Khatib, March 24, 2015 National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met yesterday with Moaz al-Khatib, former President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition.  Mr. Khatib offered his perspective on ...
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White House press secretary Josh Earnest on reports about the use of chlorine as a chemical weapon in ‪Syria‬

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Briefing by the Press Secretary Josh Earnest March 17, 2015 The United States is aware of these reports and the videos that are circulating on social media. We are seeking additional information and cannot at this point confirm the details. But if these allegations are confirmed, this ...
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A message from US special Envoy for Syria Daniel Rubinstein, Commemorating the 4th Anniversary of the Syrian Revolution

U.S. Department of State Special Envoy for Syria Daniel Rubinstein A message from US special Envoy for Syria Daniel Rubinstein, commemorating the 4th anniversary of the Syrian revolution March 12, 2015 “Hello…I am Daniel Rubinstein, the U.S. Special Envoy for Syria.  On the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the Syrian revolution, we are reminded ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Syria Travel Warning Update

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Syria and strongly recommends that U.S. citizens remaining in Syria depart immediately. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated November 12, 2014, to remind U.S. citizens that the security situation remains dangerous and unpredictable as a civil war between government and ...
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Statement by Jen Psaki: Recent Attacks on Civilians in Syria

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 24, 2015 Recent Attacks on Civilians in Syria The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms ISIL’s attacks yesterday on predominantly Assyrian Christian villages in the northeast Syrian province of Hasakeh, where they kidnapped dozens of civilians, including women, children, priests, and the elderly. Hundreds ...
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Obama at Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 19, 2015 REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT THE SUMMIT ON COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM State Department Washington, D.C. 10:33 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you, John. Good morning, everyone. I want to thank John Kerry, not only for his introduction, but for the ...
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Amb. Power at U.N. Session on Threats to Global Peace, Security

U.S. Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy New York, New York February 12, 2015 AS DELIVERED Explanation of Vote by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Security Council Session on Threats to International Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Threats, February 12, 2015 Today ...
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Kerry on Death of Jordanian First Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. February 3, 2015 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY The Death of Jordanian First Lieutenant al-Kasasbeh Jordanian First Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh represented everything that ISIL is not: he was brave, compassionate, and principled. That a young patriot — a devout Muslim, one of eight children, just months ...
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Kerry, UK Foreign Secretary and Iraqi Prime Minister After Meeting

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office London, United Kingdom January 22, 2015 FOREIGN SECRETARY HAMMOND: Good afternoon. The recent terrible events in Paris have reminded us that the battle against ISIL is not confined within the borders of Iraq and Syria and that this poisonous ideology threatens our own citizens and the ...
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Meetings on U.S. Train and Equip Program for Moderate Syrian Opposition

HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND January 14, 2015  Meetings on U.S. Train and Equip Program for Moderate Syrian Opposition, January 14, 2015  TAMPA, Fla. – As part of U.S. Central Command’s efforts to implement the congressionally-approved train and equip program for the moderate Syrian opposition forces, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata and U.S. ...
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Temporary Protection Status Extension

The United States has extended and re-designated its Temporary Protected Status designation for Syria until the end of September 2016.  This is good news for all Syrians already in the United States who already have visas and wish to extend their stay – on a temporary basis – due to the crisis in Syria.  If ...
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Treasury Imposes Additional Sanctions Against Syrian Regime Supporters and Sanctions Evaders

Action Targets a Global Network of Individuals and Companies Providing Specialty Petroleum Products to Syria and Facilitating Deceptive Transactions for the Syrian Regime WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Treasury Department took action to increase pressure on those supporting the Syrian regime’s procurement of specialty fuels and base oil used in its military campaign against the ...
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One Year Since Abduction of “Douma 4”

Jen Psaki, Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 10, 2014 Yesterday marked one full year since unknown armed groups abducted and kidnapped Syrian human rights activist Razan Zaitouneh, her husband, Wael Hamada, and her two colleagues, Samira Al-Khalil and Nazem Hamadi, in Douma, Syria. As the founder of the Violations Documentation Center, Razan played a critical ...
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Kerry at Counter-ISIL Meeting in Brussels

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson December 3, 2014 REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry At the Counter-ISIL Meeting Brussels, Belgium SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. Thank you very, very much for being here. Can everybody hear? Mr. Secretary-General, Mr. Prime Minister, Excellencies, welcome everybody. I just want to begin the meeting by ...
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Joint Statement by Coalition Partners at Counter-ISIL Meeting

The coalition partners, participants from 60 countries, issue a joint statement at the first ministerial-level meeting in Brussels of the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Brussels, Belgium December 3, 2014 Joint Statement Issued by Partners at the Counter-ISIL Coalition Ministerial Meeting 1. ...
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Security Adviser Rice’s Meeting with U.N. Special Envoy for Syri

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met today with the United Nations’ Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura. Mr. de Mistura ...
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United States Announces Additional Support for Communities Hosting Syrian Refugees

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Media Note October 28, 2014 Today, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard announced that the United States will provide $10 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help communities in the region hosting the more than 3 million refugees from ...
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Joint Statement on Communicating Da’esh’s/ISIL’s True Nature

Following is the text of a joint statement issued by the Gulf Cooperation Council’s Coalition Partners Communications Conference on strengthening cooperation in public communications to combat Da’esh/ISIL and violent extremism in the region and beyond. Gulf Cooperation Council Coalition Partners Communications Conference Kuwait City, Kuwait October 27, 2014 Joint Statement The State of Kuwait, as current ...
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Obama’s Address to 69th U.N. General Assembly

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 24, 2014 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA IN ADDRESS TO THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY United Nations General Assembly Hall New York City, New York 10:13 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: We come together at a crossroads between ...
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Kerry at Syria Ministerial Meeting in New York

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson New York, N.Y. September 24, 2014 REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry At Syria Ministerial September 24, 2014 UN Headquarters New York, New York SECRETARY KERRY: Philip, thank you very much and thank you for chairing, and I appreciate enormously everybody’s indulgence. I’m sorry to be late. ...
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White House on Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria, Region

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary New York, N.Y. September 24, 2014 FACT SHEET: Comprehensive U.S. Government Approach to Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria and the Broader Region As the President has said, we take seriously the terrorist threat posed by fighters in Iraq, Syria, and the broader region, including foreign terrorist fighters. More ...
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Obama at U.N. Security Council Foreign Terrorist Fighters Summit

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary September 24, 2014 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AT U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL SUMMIT ON FOREIGN TERRORIST FIGHTERS United Nations New York, New York 3:11 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you, His Excellency, the Secretary-General, for his statement. I’ll now make a statement in my capacity as President of ...
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Fact Sheet on UNSC Resolution 2178 on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

U.S. Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy New York, N.Y. September 24, 2014 FACT SHEET: UN Security Council Resolution 2178 on Foreign Terrorist Fighters Today, President Obama is chairing a historic high-level summit of the UN Security Council focusing on the surge in Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs) worldwide. At this ...
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Obama on Airstrikes Against ISIL Targets in Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. September 23, 2014 STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA South Lawn 10:11 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. Last night, on my orders, America’s armed forces began strikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Today, the American people give thanks for the extraordinary ...
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Key Facts on Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. September 23, 2014 FACT SHEET Threats to Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria The damage and looting of historic sites in Iraq and Syria, which have been preserved for millennia, have destroyed irreplaceable evidence of ancient life and society. Further damage to these countries’ treasures ...
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Security Message from U.S. Embassy Beirut for U.S. Citizens: Regional Events

The below security message from U.S. Embassy Beirut was sent to U.S. citizen registrants in Lebanon on September 23, 2014. Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Regional Events The U.S. Embassy in Beirut advises U.S. citizens in Lebanon that coalition airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria have begun.  While there is ...
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Security Message from U.S. Embassy Amman for U.S. Citizens: Coalition Strikes Against ISIL

The below security message from U.S. Embassy Amman was sent to U.S. citizen registrants in Jordan on September 23, 2014. Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Coalition Strikes Against ISIL On September 23, 2014, the United States and regional partners, including Jordan, commenced military action against the ISIL terrorist organization in Syria.  The U.S. Embassy is closely coordinating ...
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Kerry on Ongoing Concerns with Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. September 21, 2014 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY OPCW Report and Ongoing Concerns with Chemical Weapons Use in Syria The OPCW’s Fact-Finding Mission investigating chlorine use in Syria recently released a second interim report that concludes with a high degree of confidence that chlorine was used ...
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State Dept. on Building International Support to Counter ISIL

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. September 19, 2014 Building International Support to Counter ISIL The ISIL Threat: a Global Challenge The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has dramatically undermined stability in Iraq, Syria and the broader Middle East, and poses a threat to international peace and security. ...
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Obama on Congressional Approval to Train Syrian Opposition

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. September 18, 2014 STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION TO TRAIN SYRIAN OPPOSITION State Dining Room 7:00 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Today, the United States continues to build a broad international coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ...
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Kerry Senate Testimony on Iraq, Syria, ISIL

Secretary Kerry also testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on ISIL on September 18. Senate Foreign Relations Committee U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. September 17, 2014 Secretary Kerry’s Opening Statement SFRC Hearing on Iraq, Syria, and Threat Posed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, and Members of the ...
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Obama on House Approval of Program for Moderate Syrian Opposition

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. September 17, 2014 Statement by the President on the House of Representatives Vote to Authorize the Title X Train and Equip Program for the Moderate Syrian Opposition Today, the United States House of Representatives took an important step forward as our nation unites to confront ...
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Obama Meeting with Security Team on Foreign Terrorist Fighters

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. September 17, 2014 Readout of the President’s Meeting with his National Security Team on Foreign Terrorist Fighters This afternoon the President met with his national security team to discuss the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters to the U.S. homeland and nations around the world ...
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Defense Secretary Hagel at Senate Hearing on ISIL

Secretary Hagel also testified before the House Armed Services Committee on ISIL on September 18. U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Hearing On Iraq, Syria, and ISIL Washington, D.C. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Statement on Iraq, Syria, and ISIL Before the Senate Armed Services Committee As Prepared Chairman ...
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Obama’s Meeting with U.S. Envoys on ISIL

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. September 16, 2014 Readout of the President’s Meeting with General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and Ambassador Brett McGurk, Deputy Special Presidential Envoy The President met today at the White House ...
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Kerry on Iraq, Syria in Turkey

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Ankara, Turkey September 12, 2014 REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry Press Availability SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you for being patient. I appreciate it very, very much. And good evening to all. I’m very pleased to be back here in Turkey, where I have had a series ...
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Foreign Ministers’ Jeddah Communiqué on Terrorism

The following is the Jeddah Communiqué from the ministers representing the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and the United States following the ministers’ meeting September 11. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Jeddah, Saudi Arabia September 11, 2014 Jeddah Communiqué The ministers representing states of the Gulf Cooperation ...
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Kerry, Saudi FM Saud Joint Press Briefing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Jeddah, Saudi Arabia September 11, 2014 REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry Joint Press Statement with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal September 11, 2014 Royal Terminal Jeddah, Saudi Arabia FOREIGN MINISTER SAUD: (Via interpreter) In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate, we have held today ...
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Obama on Plans to Destroy ISIL

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. September 10, 2014 STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON ISIL State Floor 9:01 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist ...
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U.S. Officials on Plans to Destroy ISIL

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. September 10, 2014 BACKGROUND CONFERENCE CALL BY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS PREVIEWING THE PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS TO THE NATION Via Telephone 5:44 P.M. EDT MS. HAYDEN: Hi, everyone. Thanks for joining us. This call tonight is on background with senior administration officials to discuss the speech the ...
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Kerry on Obama’s Plans to Destroy ISIL

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Washington, D.C. September 10, 2014 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY On the President’s Speech on ISIL Tonight the President spoke directly to our country about what it will take to lead the world to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, and we are already well underway in the effort ...
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Hagel on Obama’s Plans to Destroy ISIL

U.S. Department of Defense Arlington, Virginia September 10, 2014 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHUCK HAGEL ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ISIL SPEECH President Obama laid out a strong, comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, and the United States military is prepared to carry out its responsibilities in this counter-terrorism campaign. The men and women ...
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Kerry at NATO Wales Meeting on Building Anti-ISIL Coalition

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Celtic Manor Wales, UK September 5, 2014 REMARKS Secretary of State John Kerry At Top of Meeting on Building an Anti-ISIL Coalition Co-Chaired by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, and UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning, everybody. We are very ...
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Obama on NATO Summit Wales, Future of NATO

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. September 5, 2014 REMARKS BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AT NATO SUMMIT PRESS CONFERENCE Celtic Manor Resort Newport, Wales 4:50 P.M. BST PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon. Let me begin by thanking my great friend, Prime Minister Cameron — and his entire team — for hosting this NATO ...
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Amb. Power at U.N. Security Council on Syria

U.S. Mission to the United Nations Samantha Power U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations New York, N.Y. September 4, 2014 Remarks at the Security Council Stakeout Following Consultations on Syria AS DELIVERED Good afternoon everyone. Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag just updated the Council on the OPCW-UN Joint Mission’s progress on eliminating Syria’s declared chemical ...
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Safeguarding Heritage Sites in Syria

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 4, 2014 The U.S. Department of State and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) have signed a $600,000 cooperative agreement to comprehensively document the current condition of cultural heritage sites in Syria and assess the future restoration, preservation, and protection needs for those sites. ASOR’s ...
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Interview With Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC

Interview John Kerry Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC February 26, 2014 QUESTION: And good day. I’m Andrea Mitchell live from the State Department here in Washington. Secretary of State John Kerry joins me now here in the Treaty Room. Mr. Secretary, thank you very much. SECRETARY KERRY: Glad to be with you. Thank you. QUESTION: Thanks ...
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