Putin Says Strike on Syria Would Unleash 'Wave of Terrorism'

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_bd575db33e.jpgALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images (MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is using a New York Times op-ed "to speak directly to the American people" and warn that a U.S. military strike on Syria would "unleash a new wave of terrorism." In the op-ed posted Wednesday on the Times' website titled "A Plea for Caution From Russia," Putin says there's no doubt poison gas was used in Syria, but it could have been used by opposition forces to provoke intervention from other countries. 

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Report: Syria Now Receiving US Arms

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_27f492c85b.jpgScott Peterson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Syrian rebels are now receiving U.S. weapons months after President Obama promised to supply them to groups seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, The Washington Post reports. The Post quotes U.S. officials and Syrians familiar with the situation as saying that light weapons and other munitions delivered by the CIA began arriving about two weeks ago. 

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Libya Still in Turmoil After Gadhafi

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_1a2623ae05.jpgSalah Malkawi/Getty Images (TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Libyans had high hopes for their future when dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and brutally killed two years ago.  However, things did not turn out the way they expected, with the country still in the midst of turmoil. Evidence of how bad things have gotten was made clear a year ago when suspected al-Qaeda linked militants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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US Troubled by Iranian Nuclear Developments

GETTY_61813_Hassan Rouhani.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1378975265957BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- With Iran's new president sending mixed messages about how his country will deal with nuclear negotiations, the U.S. has issued a message expressing hope that a diplomatic solution can be reached amid "troubling developments" in Iran's nuclear program. Hassan Rouhani came to power as a conservative-moderate but earlier this week he seemed to suggest that Iran would not relent in its efforts to advance its nuclear ambitions that the West alleges is aimed at building atomic weapons.

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Syria's Arsenal Includes Tons of Sarin, VX and Mustard Gas

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_5e82d970be.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The arsenal of chemical weapons that Syria says it is now willing to surrender is described as "particularly massive and diversified," according to a declassified intelligence document posted by the French Defense Ministry. Complicating any attempt to destroy the arsenal is Syria's ability to "deliver its chemical weapons through a vast range of several thousand launchers" that include a battery of missiles, in addition to artillery shells and bombs dropped by planes.

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