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Does Obama Need Congressional Approval On Syria?

Nearly 200 members of Congress have signed letters insisting that the president submit plans for any military strike in Syria for authorization. Host Scott Simon talks with Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington, who has signed one of the letters.
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How The Region Might React To An Attack On Syria

What would Iraq and Israel do if the U.S. launches military action against the Syrian government? Former analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency Joshua Foust speaks with host Scott Simon about the wider consequences for the Middle East.
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Marines Have Turned Helmand Fight Over To Afghans

The Taliban conducted a series of deadly attacks across Afghanistan this week, killing civilians, Afghan forces and several NATO service members. But they are targeting far fewer NATO troops these days, because those troops are focused on training and advising the Afghan army. NPR's Sean Carberry spent five days with U.S. Marines in one of Afghanistan's chronic hot spots and speaks with host Scott Simon.
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Syrians Anticipate U.S. Strikes

Residents in Damascus are preparing for a possible attack from the United States. Syrian Nada Keuttnen, who works as a fixer for journalists in Damascus, tells host Scott Simon about the mood in the capital as the threat of U.S. missile strikes looms.
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Putin Calls Claims Of Syrian Chemical Attack 'Nonsense'

The Russian leader says claims made by the U.S. are "nothing more than a provocation" for a military strike on the regime.
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How A Reluctant Obama Ended Up Preparing For A Strike

Despite more than two years of fighting that has left 100,000 people dead, President Obama has resisted intervening in Syria. But he appears to have concluded that the use of chemical weapons demands a response, even if it risks drawing the U.S. deeper into the conflict.

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Call Me, Haiti? One Man's Quest To Skype Around The World

Mark Malkoff has lived inside of an IKEA store, consumed beverages at 171 Starbucks in Manhattan in less than 24 hours and proved that his kid's Big Wheel bike could beat a New York City bus. Now, the comedian has video chatted with people in 162 different countries — including North Korea.
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U.N. Experts Leave Syria As U.S. Considers Strike

Under the looming threat of a U.S. military strike, United Nations chemical weapons inspectors have left Syria for neighboring Lebanon.
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Newest War Veterans In Congress Troubled By Syria Prospects

Iraq and Afghanistan War vets have strong misgivings about the idea of military strikes in Syria, especially in the absence of congressional authorization.
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6 Things To Keep In Mind As Obama Confronts Syria

As President Obama tries to make good on threats to punish Syrian officials for crossing a "red line" with their suspected use of chemical weapons, he's being buffeted by political crosscurrents.

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