U.S., Russia pledge efforts to launch Syria talks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Tuesday.
May 7th, 2013
08:26 PM ET

U.S., Russia pledge efforts to launch Syria talks

By Jill Dougherty

Warning that Syria could fall into the "abyss," Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his Russian counterpart will push for a meeting between the Syrian government and the opposition to try to find a political solution to the crisis that has engulfed the country in civil war.

Speaking at a joint press conference on Tuesday in Moscow, Kerry said he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had agreed "as soon as is practicable, possibly and hopefully, by the end of this month" to seek to convene an international conference.

The aim would be to implement last summer's Geneva communique brokered by Russia and the United States outlining how a transitional government could be formed.

If the conference takes place, it would be the first to bring together representatives of the warring sides, which have been unable to negotiate a settlement to the two-year conflict that has claimed more than 70,000 lives.

The opposition has adamantly refused any role for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in any transitional government. But Lavrov, without naming al-Assad, said he was "not interested in the fate of certain persons."

Kerry went further by telling reporters that "it's impossible for me, as an individual, to understand how Syria could be governed in the future by the man who has committed the things we know have taken place."

"But I'm not going to decide that tonight. I'm not going to decide that in the end. Because the Geneva communique says that the transitional government has to be chosen by mutual consent by the parties .... the current regime and the opposition," Kerry said.

The U.S. policy is that al-Assad must step down.

Separately, President Barack Obama issued an order on Tuesday formally reaffirming the U.S. stance toward Syria that also called on al-Assad to end the "violent war" and "step aside to allow a political transition."

Both Kerry and Lavrov said the transitional government, according to the Geneva communique, will be formed by mutual consent with the support of the international community and with "full executive authority."

Kerry explained that means "the full authority to run and manage the government including their military and security services. And that doing so, as soon as they can possibly implement it, is the best way to resolve the crisis in Syria."

Analysis: Kerry ready to dirty hands in diplomatic deal-making

The announcement came at the end of a long day of meetings in Moscow in which Kerry discussed a range of issues, including Iran's nuclear program, Afghanistan, North Korea, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The meetings also came as the FBI and Russia's security service, the FSB, have been cooperating more closely on the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, an immigrant from the Caucasus region and one of two bombing suspects, was investigated by U.S. authorities 2011 on a tip from Russia that he might be shifting toward Islamic extremism.

He visited Russia for six months last year, a trip that is drawing scrutiny from law enforcement. He died in a shootout with police three days after the bombing. His brother, the second suspect, was arrested.

Kerry, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate before becoming secretary of state, said "Boston reminds us that we all have interest in standing up to extremism" and Syria, he said, has become a "magnet for extremists."

The Boston attack, Lavrov said, "showed that no one can hide anywhere from these threats."

He said Russia and the United States agreed that "our special services will be in close contact on this issue."

soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Sdrtj Eruk

    THE ART OF WAR HAS ITS PLACE IN HISTORY BUT I CAN BEAT IT AND YOU SHOULD KNOW YOU CAN BEAT IT ALSO

    May 9, 2013 at 11:24 am | Reply
  2. Sdrtj Eruk

    TODAY I WILL BE COUNTING JEWS i.e. HEY JEW CAN I COUNT ON YOU FOR THIS HEY JEW CAN I COUNT ON YOU FOR THAT YOU MIGHT NOT BE FREE TO COUNT JEWS BUT I AM–DO YOU SEE THAT IS JUST ONE LITTLE POINT JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW SCREWED OVER MUSLIM TYPES HAVE ALLOWED THEMSELFS TO BECOME.

    May 9, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
  3. Sdrtj Eruk

    IF YOU WANT TO AVOID THE DEVIL THE REAL ONE THEN YOU BETTER LEARN THAT WITHOUT THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH ENTIRE NATIONS ARE SETTING THEMSELVES UP FOR THE DEVILS WORK THIS IS TRUE WITH OR WITHOUT THE U.S. WHICH IS ONLY 150-300 YEARS OLD–MUSLIMS KILLING MUSLIMS OVER KILLING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH HAS BEEN GOING ON THREE TIMES THAT LONG–ASK YOURSELF WAS THE US RESPONSABLE FOR MUSLIMS KILLING MUSLIMS OVER OPPRESION OF FREE SPEECH A THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE THE US WAS DISCOVERED BY THE WESTBANKERS.

    May 9, 2013 at 11:14 am | Reply
  4. Sdrtj Eruk

    LETS GO BACK TO WHERE THE LAST 70,000 WERE KILLED & HOW IT BEGAN-BY WHOM WERE THEY KILLED-WHY WERE THEY KILLED-ON WHAT PLANET DOES FREEDOM OF SPEECH BECOME THE DEVIL-THEN ASK YOURSELF DOES THE U.S. OWN THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH-THEN ASK YOURSELF WHY DOES SO MANY OTHERS ALL OVER THE WORLD STOP AT NOTHING TO PREVENT THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH FROM THEIR OWN PEOPLE-WHAT IS EVIL: PREVENTING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR SUPPORTING IT-THE ANSWER SHOULD BE OBVIOUS BUT I WONDER IF THE DEVIL HAS THE PROVERBIAL WOOL PULLED SO FAR OVER YOUR EYES THAT YOU ARE TERRIFIED OF YOURSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE-I BET THERE IS NOT A SINGLE PERSON HERE THAT HAS ACTUALY SOLD THEIR SOLE IN THE LAST 24 HRs.

    May 9, 2013 at 11:01 am | Reply
  5. exe

    America supports terrorists, need to be an idiot to think, that America will be able to control these terrorists, the evil can not be controlled and in the end this evil turn against the U.S.

    May 9, 2013 at 4:34 am | Reply
  6. Bezboz

    Sounds like we should arm Assad since his troops are hunting Al Qaeda leaders. Today they nabbed the top dog in a suburb of Damascus. Arm the opposition? Now that sounds crazy. Actually, we better not arm any side. They will finish their business and turn those guns at us.

    May 9, 2013 at 1:57 am | Reply
  7. ney

    Islam is so old religion, extremelly conservative. I dont think we should get involve in such religion motivated wars and countries. It doesnt matter what we do we will be like in Irak. Our involvment has cost trillions in dollars, and thousands of young men and women lives. STAY OUT. We can sale them guns though..

    May 9, 2013 at 1:06 am | Reply
    • Tha Juggla

      Ignorance is bliss? First off, why would we consider any opinion from someone whom spells Iraq with a "k"? Second, you missed the part of history where the Afghanis turned weapons that we supplied them in the 80's to repel the Russian occupation on us..you dont think it wouldn't happen again? Where were you when brains were being passed around?

      May 9, 2013 at 2:18 am | Reply
  8. ALEX

    Eery time the US supports terrorists thous terrorists attack the US. Then the US runs around the world and complains about it anoing people all over but primerely in Russia. Exemples: Afganistan, Libia, Chechia... considering this paterns it will be reasonable to conclude that they will complain about attack by Sirian terrorists wery soon.

    May 9, 2013 at 12:58 am | Reply
  9. Hkjhgf Gkjtd

    PS MY FRIEND.

    May 9, 2013 at 12:24 am | Reply
  10. Hkjhgf Gkjtd

    THE MUSLIM WORLD IS UNDER ATTACK BY THE ISLAMISTS. IF YOU ARE AFFRAID OF THE DEVIL IT IS YOUR OWN PROBLEM THIS IS HOW THE WORLD REALLY WORKS. YOU RUN YOUR MOUTH WITH YOUR PROPAGANDA TO RECRIUT MORE CHILD SOLDUIRES TAKING AWAY THEIR FREEDOM & YOURS TO LIVE UNDER YET ANOTHER BRUTAL MUSLIUM DICTATOR THEN YOU TURN AROUND AND BLAME OTHERS FOR THE CHOICES YOU MAKE. YOUR OWN PEOPLES FREEDOM IS IN YOUR HANDS BUT WHAT DO YOU DO YOU KILL YOUR OWN PEOPLE UNDER YET AGAIN ANOTHER BRUTAL DICTATOR RISES BY YOUR OWN HAND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THIS IS YOUR WORLD AND YOU ARE LIVING IN IT PULL YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND GET YOUR MAN DRESS PULL YOUR SELF TOGETHER AND WATCH THE WORLD TURN BUT ONE WAY. I SAY THIS FOR THOSE WHO OUTLAW FREE SPEECH OR LIVE UNDER THAT OPRESSION. RUNNING YOUR MOUTH WITH LIES IS NOT FREEDOM OF SPEECH & BEING STUPID IS A PERSONAL PROBLEM.

    May 9, 2013 at 12:21 am | Reply
  11. salvadorelogreen

    http://futurespeaking.wordpress.com/about/

    READ! READ! READ!

    TAKE A STAND.

    May 8, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  12. Z

    Bravo Assad!!! Don't stand down, keep fighting and winning back control of your nation from terrorists backed by the U.S and the West. Bravo to Russia for standing up and defending the rightful leader of Syria and helping him defeat the terrorists!!! Hopefully this meeting between Kerry and Lavrov is a sign that the U.S. has finally realized that it is on the wrong side in this war.....And Bravo to the American people who have finally realized what their government has been doing in these wars overseas. Assad is right and the so called rebels are wrong!!! These rebels will turn on the U.S as soon as they get the chance. Most of them are not even Syrians, they are fundamentalist muslim fighters from Iraq, Afghanastan, Saudi, Yemen, Libya, and Egypt. They must be stopped now, before its to late.

    May 8, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • exe

      Unfortunately America need chaos in this the region, and at the upcoming meeting Carey tries to convince Lavrov that Russia did not help the legitimate government, and gave Syria to at the mercy of .

      May 9, 2013 at 4:51 am | Reply
  13. Marco Hsiao

    [Why the US violence kill Gaddafi's grandchildren or 100,000 Iraqis?]

    The US government uses lies and violence to massacre 100,000 innocent Iraqis and 4500 US soldiers for inspiring the US military budget (to bankrupt the US treasury); thus the US is worst country on violating human right and violating morality in the 21st century.

    The US also murders lots of innocent people in Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan and now Syria; including lots of children and women; such as Gaddafi's grandchildren, age below 12. Have the US military on Iraq or Afghanistan gotten the agreement from half of Iraqi people or Afghan people? Absolutely no; it is serious to violating democracy.

    Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan and Syria should get apology and compensation (US$ 10 trillion, 3 trillion, 2 trillion, 2 trillion and 4 trillion) from the US. The world should have justice and human right. In about 2020 the US will decline continually; the US government needs to change immoral behavior!

    May 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  14. magneticink

    Anything that raises the price of oil is good for the Russians. Plus, I get the feeling that Assad is not interested in any deals. Except for maybe purchasing more arms from the Russians. Advantage Russia again. I also get the feeling that Obama would rather eat his own flesh, than get the US involved in another war. Many ethnic Russians continue to live in Syria and of course, they're hanging on to that warm water port like an angry pit bull. Making nice with the Russians makes sense since there are other mutually productive issues between the US and them. But the Middle East has more twists and turns than an out of control roller coaster. This message will self destruct in five seconds. Good luck gentlemen!

    May 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  15. Tchkhk Hsrhj

    Since when did Christans have a chance against the breading practices of the deciples of the godless author of the Art of War? May I suggest worshiping the Devil... good people turn bad are very capable with a bit of help from the 7-headed-red-dragon.

    May 8, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • card member

      LINDBERGH, CHARLES. 20th century American aviator, writer.
      Wednesday, August 23, 1939

      "We are disturbed about the effect of the Jewish influence in our press, radio and motion pictures. It may become very serious. [Fulton] Lewis told us of one instance where the Jewish advertising firms threatened to remove all their advertising from the Mutual system if a certain feature were permitted to go on the air. The threat was powerful enough to have the feature removed."

      Thursday, May 1, 1941

      "The pressure for war is high and mounting. The people are opposed to it, but the Administration seems to have 'the bit in its teeth' and is hell-bent on its way to war. Most of the Jewish interests in the country are behind war, and they control a huge part of our press and radio and most of our motion pictures. There are the 'intellectuals' and the 'Anglophiles,' and the British agents who are allowed free rein, the international financial interests, and many others." (The Wartime Journals)

      May 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  16. christian_persecution

    Meanwhile, Obama funds terrorist Egypt leaders Muslim Brotherhood to persecute Christians. Freedom of religion is gone from Egypt for sure. A family member lives there and was ordered with a decree to cease and desist any religions other that of ISlam. Sharia law is slowly creeping in and Obama steal funds terrorists

    May 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  17. Dghkrty Setuk

    aaron cheny... are you saying that assad sent out death squads to clean up the majority like shoting fish in a bucket. Anyone who has ever tryed to shoot fish in a bucket learns that it does not work. Will the majority in Syria now be allowed to have a voice in their Gov. be allowed to peaceful protest or is Assad just running from Isreal or both?

    May 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  18. abcd1

    If this turn out like the rest of the country's ,that went belly up .I can hardly wait .

    May 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  19. aaron chaney

    Terrorists' Gatherings, Hideouts Destroyed in Idleb

    Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army conducted special operations against terrorists' gatherings and hideouts in the areas of Ma'arat Masareen, Binesh, Saraqeb, Taftanaz,

    al-Douseh, Majdalya, jabal al-Arba'en and Feloun in Idleb countryside and eliminated scores of the terrorists.

    In Jisr al-Shoghour countryside, a Syrian Arab Army unit destroyed terrorists' hideouts in the areas of Bidama, Mar'and, Zarzour, al-Janodyeh, and al-Taybat.

    Another Syrian Arab Army unit inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists' gatherings in the towns of Tal Salmo, al-Tar'a and Em Jreen in the area of Abu al-Dohour and

    destroyed their weapons and vehicles.

    Armed Forces Units Restore Security to Areas in Homs Countryside, Pursue Fleeing Terrorists

    Armed Forces units restored security and stability to the village of al-Shomariye and al-Kurdi farm in al-Qseir countryside in Homs province, in addition to breaking

    the siege imposed by terrorists on the villages of al-Ghassaniye and al-Haidariye.

    Another Syrian Arab Army unit targeted terrorists near Shamsin village in Homs countryside who fled from al-Qseir, killing many of the terrorists and destroying their

    weapons.

    Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists Killed in Lattakia Countryside

    In Lattakia countryside, the Syrian Arab Army carried out several operations against terrorists affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization and killed scores

    of them.

    A military source told SANA reporter that large numbers of terrorists were killed in the areas of al-Zwayyek, Saqyat al-Kart, al-Ghamimyeh and Bait Anwan.

    May 8, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  20. Zoglet

    Why didnt the US push for talks 2 years ago instead of backing the rebles?
    Its what the UN has been asking for all along.

    May 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  21. Choir Loft

    When will America tire of dining on ashes and falsehood? Once upon a time we were told that Saddam Hussein had WMDs and now we're expected to believe practically the same thing about Asaad.
    ***
    Are American brains really that weak?
    it's just me, hollering from the choir loft...

    May 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  22. hari

    nice when US started obliging Geneva communique or any communique for other matter. looks like much applied technique of the divide and rule policy is not working in Syria.

    May 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  23. Zappo15

    What nonsense. Only Kerry would think up something like that.

    May 8, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  24. Keith M.

    This is a long planned war, by neocons, most of whom are Zionists with ties to Israel's right wing, and/or oil and gas concerns.

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/11/neoconservatives-planned-regime-change-throughout-the-middle-east-and-northern-africa-20-years-ago.html

    May 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • Brad76

      Before you retire for the evening, be sure to check under your bed for those Zionist/NeoCon bogeymen.

      May 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • John Geheran

      Thank you, Keith. I fully agree although some of these thugs are purely Anglo-Saxon and not Jews. Obama himself is half Irish and half Kenyan but that does not keep him from conniving with the M.I.C. in Washington!

      May 8, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  25. AfricanOnus

    Stop the violence

    May 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  26. Gkhftr Glkyre

    I would not have said anything eaither. if Putin belives he already has it all figured out on his end why would he say anything about Syria...you said he played with his penicil not with his pen. Putin will not be around forever because the oldest human is around 120 years max. Long live the wax musium.

    May 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  27. John Geheran

    Link and leverage the Russian leadership is a good strategy. But what do the Soviets expect in return? Five will get you ten that the price will be high.

    May 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Capt Nemo

      The Russians get what we (and the rest of the world) get: some measure of stability in the middle of one of the world's most volatile areas instead of a failed state (like Yemen or Somalia) there acting as a haven for every as*hat and deluded religious zealot in the world.

      May 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  28. PJ

    Stop "talking". Drop a Predator on Assad and if the Russians want to wipe out Israel in return, we're fine with that.

    May 8, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Moe Jalili

      Wow this must be the most dimwitted comment i have ever seen! Israel is the only country in the world that sticks by their word and beliefs. I am in Syria and we are happy that Israel (Our Enemy) is the only country that has done anything thus far.

      May 8, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
      • giggig

        So you say thank you Netanyahou,good shot. Putin was very disrespectful ,kerry should have cancelled after 1 hr waiting , return to Hahn (orRamstain) take things from there. Possibly arrange with Netanyahou if he'd replace the blown up gear and hand it over to Alleppo ,Turkish border and Jordan refugee camp given to all men in their military age.
        This is the McCain version of resolve. My version however,back to Putin, and go on videoconference whenever convenient to him. Discuss how to keep Assad .Because whats gonna happen is this, You dunk down Assad, The guy left and right of you,who you don't know, will give you his warning shot straight into your head, and Via iraqi kurdistan, the bridge is there between Teheran and Damascus.

        May 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • ikegeo

        Moe, soon you will find out who is your friend when end up like Palestininans in Gaza under Israeli occupation.....so don't be too grateful to your newfound Israeli friend! They are not going to be involved to get you the freedom that you are looking for...rather how they can protect their interests. Be careful what you wish for! If something not done soon then pretty soon you are going to see Syria divided into at least three Syrias!

        May 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • giggig

      and then ? obama still show oof farce instead of show of force
      probably yes

      you forgot the subsequent retaliation blow coming seaborne polaris out of israeli submarine petersburg moscow and wolgagrad nand the russian seabases,... hope all evacuated by then.
      and Obama again on the frontrow spectatorseat showing farce ,not show of force

      May 8, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Reply
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      How about drop a bomb from a drone on you and if others like minded feel hurt then they too should be wiped out by a drone.

      May 8, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  29. rightospeak

    Hi time to stop the proxy war that is killing innocent civilians just like in Libya. Who will go to jail for the war crimes in Libya and Syria from NATO ??? Rasmussen ? Clinton ? Obama ? Sarkozy ?

    May 8, 2013 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Unfortunately rightospeak, none of those curses will be since the I.C.C. seems to be bought and paid for. Only people from poor third world countries will be charged. This is the greatest farce ever to be perpetrated in the annals of mankind!!!

      May 8, 2013 at 11:08 am | Reply
      • John Geheran

        Well said, George. The I.C.C. is a cruel farce which needs to be dissolved since none of the thugs in Washington, Paris or London will ever appear before it, thus preventing any true justice to be meted out!

        May 8, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
  30. Birchwood

    Mr.Kerry and Mr.Lavrov should be commended for speaking with each other not to each other.

    May 8, 2013 at 8:58 am | Reply
  31. choddy

    The only Immigration reform I am interested in is a total purge of Islam members from our shores!!

    May 8, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
    • CHODDY LOSER

      Choddy is a loser because you too are an immigrant once loser.

      May 8, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • giggig

      that's incomplete and insufficiant. They (islam) need to be purged from everywhere but the sahara sand dunes, its a false rigion,but they'll never understand,its a dumming ,fine let them follow it,but no interactions with us.Look Burma,they kicked them all out,no formalities,no discussion,just take your belongings and go.100 yrs or more , it's fine with me ,contacts to a minimum.

      May 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  32. mf3

    for some crazy reason, Kerry thinks that the governments of other countries should be acceptable to him before they take office. This megalomania will cost us. I am afraid we only changed the female control freak for a male megalomaniac. He has to understand that the only thing he has dominion over is ketchup.

    May 8, 2013 at 8:40 am | Reply
    • hari

      lol

      May 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  33. giggig

    Kerry is not the right choice to talk with Mr Putin. Or visa versa. Best could be, assign their geographical section of UN mandated peacekeeper security Forces and done,with Putin,as far as Syria concerns. He came 3 hrs late ,because he expected a question and wanted to get a good answer for it. The Question was: Mr Putin,back in apr 2003 UN coalitionForces made an effort to go after Saddam. Why did you send GPS_Jammers to Saddam,to Bagdad ??
    +

    May 8, 2013 at 8:35 am | Reply
    • giggig

      We need Mr Putin to contribute UN forces in Korea,whats coming is this:Kim will be indicted(and possibly convicted in Absentia) for horrifying crimes ,committed by him and his STAFF 1/4 Million now suffering ,enslaved in >6 Gulags.It will come to a seablockade and Russia has Port and vessels to cover eastcoast NK.

      May 8, 2013 at 8:39 am | Reply
      • mf3

        Major Chiphazard, you have a very unrealistic take on where Putin stand on the North Korea problem. He doesn't want to see nuclear carrier air crafts in thenpacific any more than Kim.

        May 8, 2013 at 8:47 am |
    • mf3

      I think it was a last ditch effort to stop Rumsfeld from committing the error of his lifetime.

      May 8, 2013 at 8:42 am | Reply
    • mf3

      I think it was a last ditch effort to stop Rumsfeld from committing the error of a lifetime. You would think we would learn. But here we are in Syria ten years later.

      May 8, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @giggig,go to the 80s and the Carlyle group of NY..You'll see two familiar names who work there and who they both were employed by..This corporation if you don't know which many don't is owned ,run by BinLadens billionaire father and his father employed both Bushs there father ,son..BinLadens father owned the biggest construction firm in the middle east and BinLaden at one time was trained,employed by the CIA as an operative ..That's why the Bushs would never kill someone as close to them as a brother of sorts and if you research you'll varify my facts as well..That's also why Bushs jets flew all the BinLaden family members out of NY ,Kentucky after the towers falling and if you check public records of FAA flight plans that day Bushs jets besides military jets were the only ones flying to take them back to Saudi Arabia...If you so remember we had BinLaden cornered in Bora Bora and Bush called it off ,not surprising if you know their past histories together...

      May 8, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
      • BigShiz

        I agree with everything you say except the last part. A good portion of delta force was in those caves and if they pushed it any further most would have been killed. The strategy was flawed to begin with,we had a chance to cut the Taliban and al-Qaeda of from the mountains in the beginning but they decided to push from the west instead.

        May 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  34. Kay

    Both parties should work together to eliminate Assad, the guy responsible for this endless killing.
    Assad, Salehi, Mubarak, Ben Ali have same fate, but only one stupid enough to create civil war from regular street protests.

    May 8, 2013 at 7:48 am | Reply
    • Tom

      Just who are you Kay, to say that Bashar al-Assad and his regime must be "eliminated"? Don't you think that the Syrians themselves should make that decision? If they wanted Assad gone, he would no longer be in power! The two sides need to work out some kind of truce.

      May 8, 2013 at 7:56 am | Reply
  35. StanCalif

    Transitional talks? Talks with whom? The "opposition" has no organization, no leaders. No one really knows who these opposition fighters really are!
    Oh, I got it, let's insist on holding an election!!! This has always lead to the failure of governments in the past only to be replaced by much worst!

    May 8, 2013 at 7:11 am | Reply
    • hari

      a mock election you mean. now that assad is giving our "opposition" comrades a bloody nose

      May 8, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  36. Dutchie

    Thats not the hole story when Kerry met Putin. Putin left Kerry waiting for three hours and during their meeting Putin played with his pencil and Putin did noit mention Syria once during the meeting.....

    May 8, 2013 at 4:15 am | Reply
  37. Jomama

    Talks over there doesn't work.Getting them talking is better than U.S. getting totally involved I guess.Assad has to go and still it wiil be on and off fighting until it freezes over.

    May 8, 2013 at 3:32 am | Reply
    • giggig

      Thiefs are waiting to steal the power/benefit of a possible victory from the rebells. Mr Putin has demonstrated dis-respect.This is not healthy .Not healthy for his expectation to hammer out the smatest course of action. How maany minutes would he come late , if he is invited to jon UN Forces and make an occupation/security division plan,like the UN did in Kossovo , with 6 or seven Nations?

      May 8, 2013 at 8:28 am | Reply
  38. E N V

    Secretary Executive Kerry easier to begin talks another defense onto security measures wouldn't begin without announcements, or so your to know too !

    May 8, 2013 at 1:15 am | Reply
  39. KEVIN

    The Assad regime has strong support from a large percentage of the Syrian population. They are not going to agree to any "transitional government". They are very happy and feel safe with the current government.

    May 8, 2013 at 12:57 am | Reply
  40. Sdrhuk Setykm

    Who's the fool/sucker/chump to be made the next Prez. in Iran?

    May 7, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  41. Yuck

    Peace,love,unity,andRESPECT......it all starts within us all.

    May 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Reply
    • Jomama

      Yes it does! Its also harder.Its easier to hate and destroy unfortunately.

      May 8, 2013 at 5:06 am | Reply
  42. BigShiz

    If war breaks out in Iran It's all for nothing.

    May 7, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Reply

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