Middle East

FILE - Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad gestures as he talks to journalists.

Syria Denies Chemical Weapons Used in Civil War

Country's deputy FM tells watchdog group his country never used chlorine, any other toxic chemicals during any operations since beginning of crisis 

Families of missing soldiers, who were kidnapped by militants from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front, watch news on a television about a possible prisoners exchange between Lebanon and the Nusra Front, in tents set for their protest in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 29, 2015.

Lebanese, Syrian Militant Prisoner Swap Hits Snag

MTV reports deal fell apart over demands by Jabhat al Nusra that food aid be transported by truck to nearby region of Syria under its control 

FILE - Men transport a casualty after what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on a busy marketplace in Douma, near Damascus, Syria, Aug. 12, 2015.

US Senators Call for Multinational Force in Syria

Sens. McCain and Graham suggest a force as large as 100,000 troops, comprised mostly of regional militaries 

An undated family handout picture obtained on July 2, 2014 shows 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teenager who was burned to death after being abducted.

Israel Convicts 2 in 2014 Killing of Palestinian Teen

Abu Khdeir was abducted and then burned to death in retaliation for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens 

FILE - Personnel in protective suits and gas masks are seen conducting a drill on how to treat casualties of a chemical weapons attack in Aleppo, Syria, in an image made from an AP video posted Sept. 18, 2013.

EU Slams Syria for Gaps in Chemical Weapons Declaration

Mixed messages from Damascus ‘make it impossible to have confidence that its chemical weapons program has been irreversibly dismantled,’ official says