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'Before the war life was sweet': Teen tells of life robbed by sniper's bullet

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ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - A sniper’s bullet ripped through Hazem Mahmoud’s back seven months ago in Homs, Syria. The 15-year-old has felt nothing below his waist since then. His legs are pale, wasted and scarred by sores.  One bites deep into his thigh.

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Defense chief: Intel ‘raises serious concerns’ about Syria chemical weapons

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said Thursday that intelligence about Syrian chemical weapons “raises serious concerns” that the regime of Bashar Assad may use them against the country’s own citizens. Panetta repeated the stern warning issued earlier this week by President Barack Obama that “there will be consequences of the Assad regime make the terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people.”

Obama warns Syria’s Assad not to use chemical weapons

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President Barack Obama warned Syrian President Bashar Assad Monday that the use of chemical weapons by the regime would be “totally unacceptable.”

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Syria ‘ready to discuss’ Assad’s resignation, deputy PM says

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Syria is ready to discuss the resignation of President Bashar Assad through negotiations with the opposition, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil said Tuesday in Moscow, according to AFP.

"The resignation (of Assad) as a condition to be fulfilled before the start of a dialogue means it will be impossible to start the dialogue. Any issue can be discussed during the dialogue," Jamil said, according to Reuters.

US makes plans to keep post-Assad Syria intact

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The State Department and the Pentagon are jointly working on plans for a post-President Bashar al-Assad Syria, NBC News has learned.

They hope to avoid the kind of implosion they believe occurred because of a lack of planning for post-Saddam Iraq.

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