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LATEST UPDATE: Syria's use of chemical weapons

Updated: Thursday, September 12 2013, 03:32 PM CDT
Traces of sarin gas have been found in soil and clothing taken from a patient treated near the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack outside Syria's capital.

British military scientists have been "examining samples" from the August 21 st Attack near Damascus.
   
More than 1400 people killed.
Who is to blame, and what the world should do about it, looms large over the G-20 gathering of world leaders in Russia.
   
Calls for intervention in Syria intensified after the attack.
President Obama has been at the forefront of calls for a military response.

The use of chemical weapons in Syria is not only a tragedy but also a violation of international law that must be addressed.
      
Right now the White House does not have the votes it needs for a strike authorization. 
Senior officials say if congress doesn't authorize a strike the president will not go forward.

LATEST UPDATE: Syria's use of chemical weapons


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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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