President Obama to Address the Nation on Syria

Sep 10, 2013 8:00 AM

President Obama is set to make his case for a military strike on Syria to the American public in a prime-time address. Along with tonight's speech, the president will also make his case for U.S. military intervention in the war-torn country to senators on capitol hill today. In an interview with NBC's Savannah Guthrie yesterday, Obama says he has not decided if he would still launch a military strike if congress did not pass the use of force resolution. A Senate test vote was supposed to take place tomorrow, but it has since been postponed. President Obama has said any military strike would be limited and that there will be no American troops on the ground. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll just released this morning shows nearly 60% of Americans want their lawmakers to vote no on using military force in Syria. The poll also finds just 24% believe U.S. military action in response to Syria's reported use of chemical weapons is in the interest of the United States. The president's address will air on CBS 12 and NBC 24 at 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, an international human rights group says evidence strongly suggests that Syrian government forces fired rockets with warheads containing a nerve agent into a Damascus suburb in August, killing hundreds of people there. Human Rights Watch says it has examined documents from the alleged chemical attack. The New York-based group says the nerve agent used was most likely sarin. In today's report, it says it analyzed witness accounts and the type of rockets and launchers used in the attack. It also says the group's experts studied documented medical symptoms of the victims and analyzed activist videos posted on the internet after the attack.


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