Did Syria’s Assad get away with gas attack?

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ANALYSIS: Somehow, Syria’s President Bashar Assad not only got away with a chemical attack, but appears to have emerged stronger after it.

NBC’s Richard Engel asks: How is that possible?

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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.

New order emerges: Rebels carve out large enclave in north Syria

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Residents of this north Syrian border town like to snap photos of their children atop the tank parked downtown, one of more than a dozen captured or destroyed by rebels in the battles last month that “liberated” the area from President Bashar Assad’s army.

Across the street in air-conditioned offices once occupied by Assad’s Baath party, a new political order is emerging. Local rebels have formed committees to fix power lines, fire up bakeries and staff the nearby border crossing with Turkey. They also run security patrols and a prison with some 60 captives. Two men were executed by firing squad recently after a judge and Islamic clerics found them guilty of murder.

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