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Secretary of State John Kerry told CBS News the U.S. is pushing for Syrian President Bashar Assad to seriously discuss a transition strategy to quell the Arab country's four-year civil war. Brian Snyder/AP hide caption

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Syria's President Bashar Assad is seen Monday during the filming of an interview with the BBC in Damascus. Assad said third parties including Iraq were conveying information about a U.S.-led campaign of airstrikes against the self-declared Islamic State group in Syria. SANA/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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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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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. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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Anti-Assad fighters stood atop a captured army tank on Wednesday in the village of Anadan, about 4 miles northwest of Aleppo. Ahmad Gharabli /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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From 'Morning Edition': Anthony Kuhn, in Beirut, talks with Steve Inskeep

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