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Obama return to U.S. without Syria support

Updated: Thursday, September 12 2013, 03:30 PM CDT
President Obama is back home this morning after a G20 summit in Russia that wasn't supposed to have anything to do with Syria. But the crisis in the mideast overshadowed the meeting. And the president didn't get much satisfaction from U.S. allies or from the home front.

 President Obama was surrounded by other heads of state at the St. Petersburg summit. But when it came to a strike on Syria -- he stood nearly alone.

 Only France has agreed to join forces with the U.S. And the president faces a similar lack of enthusiasm at home.

 "There's no question what's coming in is overwhelmingly negative," said Sen. Diane Feinstein.

 Lawmakers from both parties say voters are deeply skeptical.

 "Does Iran do something? Does Russia do something? We're not sure," said Rep. Elijah Cummings.

Last night, ABC news counted 217 house members who said they opposed military action or likely would -- that number is  now up to 225.

The president will take his case personally to the American people in a White House address Tuesday night.

"It's conceivable that, at the end of the day, I don't persuade a majority of the American people that it's the right thing to do. And then each member of congress is going to have to decide if I think it's the right thing to do," Obama said.

 Abc's Jonathan Karl asked: "What if congress says no?"

Obama:  "... You're not getting a direct response."

Karl:  Well, it's a pretty basic question.

Obama:  I think we will be more effective and stronger if in fact congress authorizes this action.

Another red flag came from the president's host. Russian president Vladimir Putin was asked what he would do if the U.S. attacks.

 "Will we help Syria? We will," he said.Obama return to U.S. without Syria support


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The Syrian civil war, (also known as the Syrian uprising or Syrian crisis) is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Ba'ath government and those seeking to oust it. A part of the larger Middle Eastern protest movement known as the Arab Spring, the conflict began March 15th, 2011 with local demonstrations that grew in scope to become nationwide by April 2011.

Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971, as well as the end of Ba'ath Party rule, which began in 1963.

The Syrian Army was deployed in April of 2011 to stop the uprising, and soldiers fired on demonstrators across the country. After months of cities and neighborhoods being cut-off by the Army the protests evolved into an armed rebellion.

The Arab League, United States, European Union, and other countries condemned the use of violence against the protesters. The Arab League suspended Syria's membership as a result of the government's response to the crisis, but granted the Syrian National Coalition, a coalition of Syrian political opposition groups, Syria's seat on 6 March 2013.

According to the UN, about 4 million Syrians have been displaced within the country and 2 million have fled to other countries.

Syrian government supporters include Russia and Iran, while Qatar and Saudi Arabia are providing material and weapons to the rebels.


 

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