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President Obama called Syria's acceptance of a Russian proposal that it give up its chemical weapons "a potentially significant breakthrough" and said his "preference consistently has been a diplomatic resolution to this problem." He said he would "absolutely" halt a US military strike if the weapons were successfully secured but was skeptical Assad would follow through on the pledge. Secretary of State Kerry described the proposed US military intervention as an "unbelievably small, limited kind of effort." A planned Sept. 11 Senate vote on the intervention was postponed for consideration of the Russian proposal. Despite vigorous lobbying by the administration, most Americans remain opposed to intervening militarily in Syria.

Libya Thwarts Arrests in Benghazi Attack

US Marines moved closer to Libya as 9/11 anniversaries approach

Obama Admin Keeping Syrian Rebel Leader Out of DC, Congressional Sources Say

Pakistan to Send Baradar to Saudi or Turkey for Peace Talks

The Obama administration continued to press its case for a US military intervention in Syria, and said Saudi Arabia has endorsed the idea. Iraq said it will not be used as a base for a US intervention. Syrian president Assad denied authorizing the use of chemical weapons against Syrians and demanded proof of allegations to the contrary. White House Chief of Staff McDonough claimed that "everyone agrees" with the US account that blames the Assad regime for the Aug. 21 attack in Damascus.

Pentagon adjusts plans for more intense attacks on Syria

Lingering Doubts Over Syria Gas Attack Evidence

Insight: Assad forces fear rebel rampage in aftermath of U.S. strikes

Obama administration had restrictions on NSA reversed in 2011

Videos show glimpse into evidence for Syria intervention

Pope Francis leads global fasting, prayer day for Syria peace

Direct link between Assad and gas attack elusive for U.S.

FBI, DHS: No specific threat to 9/11 anniversary

The US evacuated some embassy staff in Beirut, Lebanon yesterday and urged Americans to avoid travel to Lebanon and to southern Turkey. President Obama returned from the G-20 summit without having persuaded a majority of the countries' leaders to back the proposed military intervention in Syria. The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on several individuals and businesses for Iranian oil sales.

US sees no sign Iran is addressing concerns on nuclear program

Syria could be a crucial proving ground for US cyberwarriors

Syrian rebels say they'll pounce on Assad's forces if US attacks

US saw yearlong rise in chemical weapons use by Syria

US Decided Not to Horse-Trade With Russia on Assad