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Syria crisis: Russia and US 'no closer'




President Obama has asked the Pentagon to expand the list of potential targets for the proposed Syrian military intervention; the use of Air Force bombers is now being contemplated. The administration continued to lobby lawmakers to support the proposed strikes. US officials said they intercepted a message from the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Qods Force to Iranian-supported Shiite militia groups in Iraq ordering them to attack the US Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad if the US strikes Syria.




Kerry portrait of Syria rebels at odds with intelligence reports




Syria crisis: China joins Russia in opposing military strikes




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