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LATEST: Syria military action

Updated: Thursday, September 12 2013, 03:27 PM CDT
There is a fresh proposal that could stop a military strike on Syria from happening.
Shannon Travis.
Regarding Syria.
This week: Every day counts.
On Monday:
Russia urges Syria:
Let the international community control your chemical weapons...If that'll stop a strike.
Syria "welcomes" the idea."
The Obama administration:
Highly skeptical.
But Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken saying...
The US also welcomes the idea and will take a hard look at it.
Also Monday:
Congress returns after summer break.

Should lawmakers vote "yea" or "nay" to authorize a strike against the Syrian regime?

We have to come back here, I think, then talk about what is the U.S. national security interests?

This is a question for all of us about what is right. This is about a conscience.

Meanwhile:
A media blitz.
President Obama is doing six network TV interviews.

He has a tough sell.
A new CNN/ORC poll shows 6 -in-10  Americans against a strike.

Syria's president, in a CBS interview aired Monday questioned where is evidence showing his government used chemical weapons.

During the interview he was asked whether there will be attacks against US interests in the Middle East should Washington-led strikes take place:

You should expect everything. Not necessarily through the government. Governments not only player in this region.

On Tuesday it's President Obama's turn.
He'll deliver an address to the nation from the White House.
   
We will continue to monitor the situation in Syria and bring you updates as they become available.

LATEST: Syria military action


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The Syrian civil war, (also known as the Syrian uprising or Syrian crisis) is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Ba'ath government and those seeking to oust it. A part of the larger Middle Eastern protest movement known as the Arab Spring, the conflict began March 15th, 2011 with local demonstrations that grew in scope to become nationwide by April 2011.

Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971, as well as the end of Ba'ath Party rule, which began in 1963.

The Syrian Army was deployed in April of 2011 to stop the uprising, and soldiers fired on demonstrators across the country. After months of cities and neighborhoods being cut-off by the Army the protests evolved into an armed rebellion.

The Arab League, United States, European Union, and other countries condemned the use of violence against the protesters. The Arab League suspended Syria's membership as a result of the government's response to the crisis, but granted the Syrian National Coalition, a coalition of Syrian political opposition groups, Syria's seat on 6 March 2013.

According to the UN, about 4 million Syrians have been displaced within the country and 2 million have fled to other countries.

Syrian government supporters include Russia and Iran, while Qatar and Saudi Arabia are providing material and weapons to the rebels.


 

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Should the president forgo military strikes on Syria, if Congress opposes an attack?

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88.46% YES
3.84% NO
7.69% NOT SURE

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