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Pelosi: Share more Syria Intelligence with Public

Updated: Tuesday, September 3 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - The leader of the House Democrats says the public needs to hear more of the intelligence that led the Obama administration to conclude that Syrian President Bashar Assad killed hundreds of his people using chemical weapons.

Nancy Pelosi says Assad's action is, in her words, 'behavior outside the circle of civilized human behavior and we must respond."

The California Democrat spoke after congressional leaders met at the White House with President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Obama has asked Congress to vote on authorizing punitive military strikes against the Syrian government in response to its alleged chemical weapons use.

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Pelosi: Share more Syria Intelligence with Public


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The Syrian civil war, (also known as the Syrian uprising or Syrian crisis) is an ongoing armed conflict in Syria between forces loyal to the Ba'ath government and those seeking to oust it. A part of the larger Middle Eastern protest movement known as the Arab Spring, the conflict began March 15th, 2011 with local demonstrations that grew in scope to become nationwide by April 2011.

Protesters demanded the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971, as well as the end of Ba'ath Party rule, which began in 1963.

The Syrian Army was deployed in April of 2011 to stop the uprising, and soldiers fired on demonstrators across the country. After months of cities and neighborhoods being cut-off by the Army the protests evolved into an armed rebellion.

The Arab League, United States, European Union, and other countries condemned the use of violence against the protesters. The Arab League suspended Syria's membership as a result of the government's response to the crisis, but granted the Syrian National Coalition, a coalition of Syrian political opposition groups, Syria's seat on 6 March 2013.

According to the UN, about 4 million Syrians have been displaced within the country and 2 million have fled to other countries.

Syrian government supporters include Russia and Iran, while Qatar and Saudi Arabia are providing material and weapons to the rebels.


 
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