Wed September 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Kerry's Meeting With Russian Is Next Key Moment In Syria Crisis

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 7:00 am

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday as he testified before the House Armed Services Committee.
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  • From the NPR Newscast: Jean Cochran rounds up the latest news about the crisis in Syria

Now that President Obama has made his case to the nation for holding Syrian President Bashar Assad responsible for a chemical weapons attack last month near Damascus, the next key moment in the quickly evolving crisis appears to be Thursday's meeting in Geneva between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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Tue September 10, 2013

Obama: American Ideals, National Security At Stake In Syrian Crisis

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 9:18 pm

President Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House on Tuesday.
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In a prime-time speech that followed two weeks of high-stakes drama, President Obama asked the American people to support a military strike against Syria, even as he pursued a diplomatic solution to the standoff.

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Tue September 10, 2013

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's National Address On Syria

Screencap of President Obama as he addressed the nation in prime time on Syria
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The President addressed the nation Tuesday laying out his case on Syria and acknowledging the changing diplomatic situation in regard to Russia and Syria. Obama has asked Congress to delay their vote while the diplomatic solution takes its course.

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Tue September 10, 2013

Breakthrough? Syria Hints It Might Give Up Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 2:04 pm

In Washington, D.C., this week, there have been demonstrations both in favor of and against a military strike on targets in Syria. Outside the White House on Monday, supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad waved a Syrian flag with his face on it.
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(We most recently updated this post at 4:02 p.m. ET.)

Amid reports that Syrian President Bashar Assad may be willing to give up his chemical weapons, as his strongest ally has suggested he do, the Obama administration expressed skepticism Tuesday.

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Mon September 9, 2013

Obama: Diplomatic Solution In Syria Is 'Overwhelmingly My Preference'

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 5:16 pm

After much diplomatic wrangling, President Obama on Monday left open the possibility of a diplomatic solution in Syria, saying a proposal allowing Syria to give up its chemical weapons was a "potentially positive development."

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