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Syria braces for tough response from West.

Anatomy of a potential Syria military operation: Weapons targets defenses

August 31, 2013

A confrontation between the U.S. and Syria appeared closer after President Barack Obama  asked for congressional authority to attack the Syrian military. Administration officials said Syrian commanders loyal to President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons to kill about 1,500 Syrians and rebels on Aug. 21.