Syria

In the summer of 2009, three young Americans went for a hike. Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were living together in Syria, teaching and writing. Their friend Josh Fattal was visiting from the U.S. The three took a tour to a waterfall in the Kurdish highlands of Iraq, and as they hiked along a road that turned out to be the border with Iran, an armed man in uniform waved them over.

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President Obama’s national address on intervention in Syria doesn’t seem to have changed many minds in Congress; at least not in the Northwest congressional delegation.

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President Obama is scheduled to address the nation tonight about the situation in Syria. On Monday, Syria said it would consider getting rid of its chemical weapons after Russian officials encouraged that action.

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Idaho Sen. Jim Risch says the repercussions of a limited attack on Syria are too hazy and Americans are too war-weary to justify President Obama's proposed military strike.

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio's Reaction On Syria

Sep 4, 2013
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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a measure today giving President Barack Obama the authority to carry out a strike on Syria. This comes after allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government. 

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Members of Congress are hearing arguments today on whether military action should be taken against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad .

Oregon's Schrader Opposes Strike On Syria

Sep 3, 2013
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President Obama is looking for support among members of Congress for limited military action in Syria. 

Members of Congress from Washington state are mostly undecided ahead of an expected vote next week to authorize military force against Syria.

Members of Idaho's all-Republican congressional delegation aren't yet committing to a position on military action in Syria. But the direction most are leaning is against a resolution authorizing President Obama to use air strikes.

A spokesman for Sen. Mike Crapo says the Idaho Republican is skeptical of authorizing military force at this point, especially without a broad international coalition.

Crapo’s colleague, Sen. Jim Risch sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, which heard the Obama administration's arguments for action in Syria.

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