Republicans gathering at a Midwestern conference appear divided about whether the U.S. should get involved in a conflict in Syria.
Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum told the hundreds of Republicans meeting in Kansas City on Saturday that the U.S. has "an obligation to engage" in Syria. But Santorum didn't outline a specific action that should be taken in response to the August 21st chemical weapons attack in Syria.
President Barack Obama initially threatened a military strike but has held off after encountering opposition in Congress.
Columbia residents marked the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a gathering for peace Wednesday night. The event doubled as a demonstration against possible military action in Syria.
About 40 people sat in quiet contemplation outside the Boone County Courthouse as they listened to songs and speeches for peace. The Mid-Missouri Peace Coalition organized this gathering. With a look back to 9/11 and forward to Syria, they called it “No More Victims.”
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As the United States considers military action in Syria, the country remains the most lethal place in the world for journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that 15 journalists are currently missing in Syria. Charles Lister, an analyst at HIS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre, told Vice on Saturday that in recent weeks there has been a discernible spike in reported kidnappings in northern Syria.
Syria has been an extremely dangerous place for reporters and photographers to work. The regime of President Bashar al-Assad regime has banned foreign journalists. Now, they face dangers from all sides, including desperate rebels and hostile Islamist militants.
Amidst reports that the White House is considering military action in Syria, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt says the United States already missed the point to have a real impact at the early stages of that country's conflict.
Hundreds of Iranian men took to the streets of Tehran on Wednesday to demonstrate their anger over Iran’s collapsing currency and deteriorating economic conditions. The chanting protesters marched to a major market area, where riot police had attacked suspected black-market currency traders.