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Russian President Vladimir Putin has been a thorn in Obama's side throughout the unrest. He's said it's the rebels, not Assad, who has used chemical weapons. He's dispatched Russian warships to stalk American destroyers in the Mediterranean and threatened to side with Assad in the event of an American strike. (credit:AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has been a thorn in Obama's side throughout the unrest. He's said it's the rebels, not Assad, who has used chemical weapons. He's dispatched Russian warships to stalk American destroyers in the Mediterranean and threatened to side with Assad in the event of an American strike. (credit:AP)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has been a thorn in Obama's side throughout the unrest. He's said it's the rebels, not Assad, who has used chemical weapons. He's dispatched Russian warships to stalk American destroyers in the Mediterranean and threatened to side with Assad in the event of an American strike. (credit:AP)

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“The question for me is can we fashion a very targeted, very limited resolution allowing strikes on a very limited basis, and for only two purposes: one is to retaliate and to punish for the heinous crime that occurred on Aug. 21, and to deter any future use by Assad.” — Rep. Gerald Connolly, Virginia Democrat. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

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Syria's Assad is out of control!. (Illustration by Dana Summers of the Tribune Media Services)

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian police officers demonstrate their skills March 15, 2012, during the graduation of instructor officers on fighting techniques under the supervision of North Korean experts at Bassel Assad police academy in Damascus, Syria. (Associated Press/SANA)

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Free Syrian Army soldiers gather Feb. 28, 2012, outside a house destroyed in fighting against President Assad's forces in Sarmin, north Syria. (Associated Press)

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Syrians at a Damascus coffee shop watch a telecast of Mr. Assad's two-hour speech in which the president promised a referendum on a new constitution, but also included a vow to crush opposition “terrorists.” (Associated Press)

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The crowd chants slogans against Mr. Assad. Syria's opposition has refused to enter into any dialogue as long as he remains in power. (Associated Press)