11 September, 2013

CNN Breaking News

Targeted military strikes against Syria would serve several purposes, including deterring Syria's government from using chemical weapons, making it more difficult for them to do so and making clear to the world that the use of chemical weapons won't be tolerated, President Barack Obama told the nation Tuesday night.

The president's speech, originally intended to win over a skeptical public for another military campaign halfway around the world, is now meant to persuade the American people and Congress to maintain the threat of a U.S. attack on Syria while asking for time to let the diplomatic process unfold.

His pitch comes amid efforts by Russia to avert a potential U.S. attack by having Syria hand over its chemical arsenal to international control.

Watch Obama's speech, and get reaction and analysis on CNN TV and CNN.com.

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