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Putin calls Kerry a liar on Syria

President Obama said he could order strikes in Syria even without authorization from Congress, and argued that the "red line" was not his but the world's. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 to authorize a military intervention in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Secretary of State Kerry of lying about the strength of al Qaeda in the Syrian opposition. US officials are uncertain whether Syria could mount a bioweapons attack. The Pentagon said the US could incur billions of dollars in costs if it cancels military aid to Egypt.

Obama's Case Against Attacking Syria

As Syria deteriorates, neighbors fear bioweapons threat

US Spies Missed Signs of Aug. 21 Syrian WMD Strike

Obama weighs Egypt aid suspension

Gorbachev urges US-Russia deal over Syria

Proposed Syrian intervention - Six ways the president will try to convince Congress

US Considers Stepping Up Syrian Rebel Support

Diplomatic Security Must Be Priority at State Dept., Panel Says

Secretary of State Kerry urged support for a US military intervention in Syria, arguing that the US must show the Assad regime it cannot use chemical weapons with impunity. He said the intervention could include boots on the ground but not "with respect to the civil war." President Obama said the intervention would involve a "broader strategy" to upgrade the Syrian opposition while degrading the capabilities of the Assad regime. General Dempsey, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate that Russia might help Syria replace assets destroyed by a US attack. Polls show that most Americans, from all parties, oppose the idea of intervening militarily in Syria. The top Democratic and Republican House leaders expressed support for the intervention.

North Korea capable of weaponizing nuclear program: S. Korean defense ministry

US documents detail al-Qaeda's efforts to fight back against drones

Key Lawmakers Back Obama on Syria Strike

Syria crisis: How could US target chemical weapons?

To some, US case for Syrian gas attack and need for strike has too many holes

Top-secret US intelligence files show new levels of distrust of Pakistan

Still more questions about the proposed US military intervention in Syria

Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.'s

The Obama administration is lobbying Congress to support a proposed military intervention in Syria. Secretary of State Kerry claimed that traces of sarin gas were found in samples from Damascus on Aug. 21. The USS Nimitz carrier strike group headed towards the Red Sea; the US naval presence in the eastern Mediterranean has doubled in the past week. A classified budget document shows that in recent years, 20 percent of "a small subset" of CIA job applicants "were found to have significant connections to hostile intelligence services and or terrorist groups."