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World must act over Syria chemical weapons
Syrian government forces retook full control of the strategic western town of Qusair, after a siege lasting more than two weeks.
Meanwhile, the US and Russia failed to set a date for proposed peace talks.
The UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said the international conference might now be held in July, rather than June as had been planned.
He called the lack of agreement between Washington and Moscow “embarrassing”, but also noted that neither side in the Syrian conflict was ready to commit to attending.

World must act over Syria chemical weapons

Syrian government forces retook full control of the strategic western town of Qusair, after a siege lasting more than two weeks.

Meanwhile, the US and Russia failed to set a date for proposed peace talks.

The UN and Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said the international conference might now be held in July, rather than June as had been planned.

He called the lack of agreement between Washington and Moscow “embarrassing”, but also noted that neither side in the Syrian conflict was ready to commit to attending.

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Syrian Rebels Drive South

In Syria, C.J. Chivers profiles Grandsons of the Prophet, a rebel unit, on its march south toward Homs, Syria

The airstrikes resumed at 7:30 a.m., beginning with a rolling series of explosions in the village of Zoghba. An extended roar shook the northern Hama Plain.

In nearby Iblil, rebel fighters listened knowingly. If the pattern held, shells and rockets would soon follow — and hundreds of opposition fighters in villages they had recently claimed would face another punishing day.

Roughly six weeks ago, as foreign governments were focused on whether chemical weapons had been used in Syria’s civil war, several rebel groups made a decision blending boldness and risk. Eager to break a painful near-stalemate that has settled over the war since late last summer, they opened a front here on the arid flatlands east of the Aleppo-Damascus highway.

At first the rebel thrust moved swiftly. But as the fight has unfolded, the battle here has assumed the war’s seesawing and bloody rhythm, capturing many of the dynamics of a conflict exhausting its mismatched adversaries, and putting the nation on a path toward disintegration.

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Dirty Wars: Jeremy Scahill

Also watch Chris Hayes’ interview with Jeremy Scahill here

"How does the Obama administration combat threats to American civilians and wages what it no longer calls the global war on terror. from the very beginning after September 11th? American policy in this area has been constructed through a series of often ad hoc decisions made during the intense moments following acts of violence against the united states. those decisions have then gone on to have tremendous ripple effects and unintended consequences. today as we find ourselves in one of those intense freighted and immense moments, the question of how the Obama administration reacts is one we should all be paying attention to. and there is no journalist in America, in the world who has reported on what the war on terror actually looks like under the Obama better than any next guest, Jeremy Scahill. his amazing chronicle of the Obama war on terror, new book "dirty wars" publishes tomorrow. the film of the same name will be in theaters in June. " dirty war" is probably the most comprehensive account to date of ma what America’s battlefield looks like, a battlefield constructed with each new drone strike and each new frontier, the product of hundreds of individual decisions made under duress in reaction to an uncertain world that now add up to a global battlefield without front lines or clearly marked boundaries…" Chris Hayes

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