President Obama walks along the West Wing Colonnade toward the Oval Office ahead of Tuesday night's speech on Syria.
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September 11, 2013 In the face of congressional and popular resistance to his call for retaliation against Syria, the president had a conversion on the missile flight path to Damascus. But what constitutes presidential wisdom and strength in today's global politics? It may have less to do with traditional notions of strength and more to do with vision and adaptability.
September 3, 2013 Congress is going to consider the president's request for the OK to take military action. Obama says he's confident the resolution will allow the type of strike that cripples the Assad regime's ability to use chemical weapons against its own people. House Speaker Boehner is supporting the president.
A Syrian rebel aims his sniper rifle at Syrian government forces in the Sheikh Maqsud district of Aleppo, in April.
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June 16, 2013 Iran, Israel, Russia and Saudi Arabia are among the key global stakeholders in the conflict that has taken an estimated 93,000 lives. Here's a look at what some of them stand to gain — or lose.
June 14, 2013 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also cast some doubt on the United States' claim that the regime of Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons against rebel forces.
The port city of Tartous is in a region loyal to President Bashar Assad. The city has been a refuge for supporters to vacation and seek work.
June 2, 2013 In Syria, the port city of Tartous is fiercely loyal to President Bashar Assad. It's where many of his supporters, as well as Syrian soldiers, go for vacation. So far about 300,000 Syrians have also fled to the city looking for work and refuge from fighting in cities like Damascus and Qusair.
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Syrian government security officers after a blast in the Marjeh district of Damascus on Tuesday.
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April 30, 2013 The bombing is the second in as many days in Damascus and is thought to be part of a stepped-up campaign against the government.
Government forces patrol a district under their control in Aleppo, Syria, on Friday.
February 23, 2013 The Syrian National Coalition says it won't attend meetings in Moscow, D.C., and Rome in protest of the continued violence. The announcement comes as fighting in Aleppo intensifies.
Rubble litters the street in the main souk or market area of Maraat al-Numan, Syria.
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November 20, 2012 The newly formed Syrian National Coalition is the "sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people," British Foreign Secretary William Hague says. Britain joins France in recognizing the organization.
Anti-Assad fighters stood atop a captured army tank on Wednesday in the village of Anadan, about 4 miles northwest of Aleppo.
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August 2, 2012 As fighting intensifies in the Syrian city, there are fears about the deadly consequences for civilians.
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Video taken from Syrian TV purportedly shows government forces taking up position during clashes with rebels Wednesday in the Al-Midan district of Damascus.
July 18, 2012 Wednesday's bombing in Damascus, which killed several senior figures in President Bashar Assad's inner circle, also shattered the notion that he and his government still have firm control of the capital.
May 31, 2012 By resisting efforts at the United Nations to bring concerted pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad to end the killing in his country, Russia is helping keep the regime in power, she says.
Saturday: In this picture provided by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network, people watch the mass burial of victims from Friday's violence in Houla.
May 29, 2012 Fewer than 20 of the 108 people killed Friday in Houla died from artillery fire, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights' office. Syrian diplomats are being expelled from countries around the world in response.
April 26, 2012 Activists inside Syria say government forces are responsible for an explosion today in the city of Hama, and that about 70 people were killed. The Assad regime says 16 people died in an explosion at a bomb factory used by "armed terrorist groups."
Syrian refugee children looked out of a bus last week after they arrived at a camp in Turkey.
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April 18, 2012 "It's almost as if in certain parts of the country the ceasefire isn't in effect anymore," NPR's Kelly McEvers reports.
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April 13, 2012 On the second day of a ceasefire, there's less violence but the government is still using force against them, anti-regime activists say.
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