The U.S. Response To Syria The White House says there is "compelling" evidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons against its own people on Aug. 21, 2013, killing 1,429 people. Having called chemical weapons use a "red line," the U.S. is considering a military strike.
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The U.S. Response To Syria

A rebel fighter cleans his weapon in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Friday. Syria's civil war continues, even as the country follows a schedule of releasing information on its chemical weapons program. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the U.S.-Russia plan to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons with top British diplomat William Hague (left) and French diplomat Laurent Fabius, on Monday. Former weapons inspector David Kay says the plan includes "unrealistic" deadlines. Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Interview: Former U.N. Inspector David Kay on 'Morning Edition'

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Protesters gather outside the White House on Tuesday before President Obama addressed the nation about the situation in Syria. Obama said he was asking Congress to delay authorizing a strike on Syria to allow a diplomatic plan to work. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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The Syrian regime calls a new deal on its chemical weapons a victory, in a reaction that came one day after the U.S. and Russia announced the plan. On Saturday, live coverage of the the deal drew the attention of a Damascus flower shop owner. Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Breaking Down Chemical Weapons, One Fact At A Time

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President Obama's speeches about Syria have at times seemed to reveal his own internal struggle on the topic. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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A Free Syrian Army fighter looks through the scope of his sniper rifle at an area controlled by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in Aleppo. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Bowman talks with host Steve Inskeep about the crisis in Syria

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin welcomes President Obama at the start of the G-20 summit on Sept. 5 in St. Petersburg. Russia. Eric Feferburg/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Vice President Joe Biden, projected on screens, gestures as he addresses the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2013 Policy Conference in March. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin penned an op-ed in The New York Times to counter President Obama's arguments about possible military strikes against Syria. Klimentyev Mikhail /ITAR-TASS /Landov hide caption

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Kerry's Syria Switch May Not Have Been Offhanded After All

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President Obama walks along the West Wing Colonnade toward the Oval Office ahead of Tuesday night's speech on Syria. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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President Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. Evan Vucci/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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