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A look at Syria developments

Developments on Syria

Syria: Rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad said they plan an offensive coinciding with any U.S. strikes. Syrian state TV aired President Barack Obama's speech on Saturday with live translation.

The Netherlands: U.N. chemical weapons inspectors arrived in the Netherlands with samples the team collected during four days of on-site Syria visits. They are expected to be sent to European laboratories to be checked for traces of poison gas that may have been used in the alleged chemical attack.

Russia: President Vladimir Putin urged Obama to consider whether strikes would help end the violence and be worth likely civilian casualties. Putin said Obama should reflect on the results of U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq before deciding whether to launch air strikes against Syria.

Mediterranean Sea: Five U.S. Navy destroyers were in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The destroyers are armed with dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles, which have a range of about 1,100 miles and are used for precise targeting.

Israel: The Israeli military said it deployed an "Iron Dome" missile defense battery in the Tel Aviv area. If the United States attacks Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons, Israel fears Damascus may respond by firing missiles at Israel, a close U.S. ally.

Iran: Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of the Iranian parliament's Committee on National Security, visited Damascus to show support for the Syrian regime.

A look at Syria developments 08/31/13 [Last modified: Saturday, August 31, 2013 8:45pm]
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