Current Events Syria War Looms
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President Barack Obama addressed the crisis in Syria on Saturday, saying he has decided the United States should take military action against regime targets, but that he will seek authorization from Congress before taking action.
Q: When did the conflict begin?A: The conflict began in April 2011, when peace protests inspired by revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia arose to challenge the Assad dictatorship.Q: How did it become a civil war?A: Security forces reacted by kidnapping, torturing and killing activists and some of their family members. Military troops fired on protesters. Armed civilians organized into rebel groups....more
2013 August - Rebels and Western governments accuse pro-Assad forces of using chemical weapons in an attack that killed more than 300 people near Damascus.
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