• The pending US-led coalition strike on Syria

    In the last hour President Obama has said that he will use military force against Syria pending consultation with Congress:

    President Obama said Saturday that the United States has decided to use military force against Syria, saying last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack there was “an attack on human dignity,” but that he has decided to seek congressional authorization for such a strike.

    The announcement appeared to put off an imminent cruise missile attack on Syria and opens the door to what will almost certainly be a contentious and protracted debate.

    Obama’s remarks came as senior administration officials were making a fresh round of calls to congressional leaders on Saturday in an effort to bolster support for a potential military strike on Syria, officials said.

    Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were among the administration officials expected to speak to key members of Congress on Saturday afternoon, amid signs that the White House is close to ordering an attack on Syria to admonish it for its alleged use of chemical weapons last week.

    Obama says U.S. will take military action against Syria, pending Congress's approval - The Washington Post

    If the US decides to attack, it will seek to build a coalition - although at the moment that will not include Britain following events in Westminster yesterday:


    France at the moment seems the US's staunchest backer on military action:

    Britain is out. Italy is out. Will the U.S. have to go it alone in striking Syria? Nico Hines reports on the crumbling coalition—and why France could be Obama’s best hope.
    With Britain Out, Allies Abandon Obama on Syria - The Daily Beast

    The background is of course the alleged use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces earlier in the week:

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