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Possbile breakthrough of tension between Syria and U.S.

Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 12:19 PM CDT

A possible breakthrough in the escalating tension between the U.S. and Syria.
  
President Obama has agreed to discussions at the United Nations security council on a proposal from Russia to secure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.
     
Tonight President Obama will try to convince a skeptical nation that a military strike on Syria must stay on the table.

But yesterday he opened the door to a Plan B.

"If Bashar al Assad yields control of his chemical weapons to international authority, is military strike on pause?" Diane Sawyer said.

"Asbolutely," Obama said.

Russia offered a plan yesterday where Syria would do just that, with Russian support.

In an interview yesterday with ABC's Diane Sawyer, President Obama said the threat of a U.S. military strike is what pushed them to this point.

"If we can resolve this without military conflict that is my great preference," Obama said.

Today reports that Syria's Foreign Minister said they accept the Russian plan in order to quote "stave off American aggression."

And Russia said it will soon announce a clear and concrete plan to secure Syria's weapons.

But the Obama administration is skeptical that Assad will come through.

"We'll wait but we're not waiting for long, nothing focuses a mind like the threat of a hanging," said Secretary of State John Kerry.

A new ABC news-Washington post poll found that nearly two-thirds of Americans oppose a strike against Syria.

And despite the diplomatic developments, the president's lobbying campaign for  military action continues.

Today President Obama sits down on Capitol Hill with senate democrats and republicans.

But right now there isn't enough support in either the house or the senate.Possbile breakthrough of tension between Syria and U.S.


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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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