Syria Crisis


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After two and half years of civil war, Syria's internal strife reached new lows on Aug. 21, when an alleged chemical gas attack killed more than a thousand people, according to opposition groups. As U.S. President Obama and Western allies consider retaliatory strikes, the Middle East faces the danger of spreading violence, and economic repercussions.

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Defense secretary Chuck Hagel says that U.S. forces are "ready to go" if the administration decides to strike against alleged Syrian chemical weapon use. U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers in the Mediterranean Sea are within range of Syrian targets.

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President Obama is seeking congressional support for a military strike on Syria. So far only about 5 percent of the House publicly supports a strike. Tea Party Republicans and anti-war Democrats make up the bulk of at least 74 House members opposed to military action according to a Bloomberg News tally.

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