Syria http://news.stlpublicradio.org en A Viewer's Guide To Obama's Syria Speech http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/viewers-guide-obamas-syria-speech If ever a speech seemed to be President Obama's last, best chance to win public and congressional support for his plan to launch military strikes against Syria, it's his prime-time talk to the nation Tuesday.<p>With polls indicating that 60 percent of Americans oppose action against Syria for using sarin gas and congressional approval looking ever more like a long shot, Obama's speech is a high-stakes endeavor.<p>What can viewers expect to hear in the speech? Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:18:51 +0000 Frank James 29794 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Viewer's Guide To Obama's Syria Speech Where St. Louis' Regional Members Of Congress Stand On Action In Syria http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/where-st-louis-regional-members-congress-stand-action-syria <p><em>Last updated 3:28 p.m. Sept. 16. May be updated further.</em></p><p>As the situation regarding a U.S. military action in Syria <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=126941010">continues to change</a>, members of congress from Missouri and Illinois have voiced where they stand on the issue. We have a running list of their opinions and updates for you below.</p><p><strong>Current Local Vote Tally:</strong></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:26:28 +0000 Kelsey Proud 29759 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Where St. Louis' Regional Members Of Congress Stand On Action In Syria Shimkus, Wagner Express Views On U.S. Involvement In Syria http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/shimkus-wagner-express-views-us-involvement-syria <p><em>Reporting by WSIU's Jennifer Fuller.</em></p><p>A southern Illinois Congressman says the United States shouldn’t get involved in Syria – and worries any form of attack would put this country and its allies at greater risk.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Representative John </span>Shimkus<span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span>R-Collinsville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on civilians is an international issue – one the U.S. shouldn’t take the lead on.</span></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:44:52 +0000 WSIU & St. Louis Public Radio 29646 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Shimkus, Wagner Express Views On U.S. Involvement In Syria Is St. Louis Ready For Possible Retaliation For U.S. Action In Syria? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-ready-possible-retaliation-us-action-syria <p>With the likelihood of a U.S. strike on Syria, some are saying the country may come under a terrorist attack in retaliation. What kind of attack could take place, and how ready is St. Louis to weather it?</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:40:50 +0000 Camille Phillips 29605 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Is St. Louis Ready For Possible Retaliation For U.S. Action In Syria? The Syria Situation: A Conversation With Wash. U Expert http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/syria-situation-conversation-wash-u-expert <p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that 1,429 Syrians were killed by chemical weapons in an attack by the Assad regime on August 21.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While Kerry said the question is not over evidence but what the United States and the international community will do about it, President Barack Obama said he had made no decisions yet.</span></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:40:48 +0000 Maria Altman 29535 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Syria Situation: A Conversation With Wash. U Expert Striking Syria Still Seems A Question Of When, Not Whether http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/striking-syria-still-seems-question-when-not-whether Though <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/29/216933582/british-parliament-rejects-syria-intervention-in-symbolic-vote" target="_blank">Great Britain won't be joining</a> in any military action aimed at Syria, it appears the White House is determined to go ahead — most likely within the next few days and most likely with missile strikes.<p>We'll be following the news throughout the day and over the weekend. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:01:59 +0000 Mark Memmott 29523 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Striking Syria Still Seems A Question Of When, Not Whether McCaskill Says Putting Boots On The Ground An Option In Syria If ‘Absolutely Necessary’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-says-putting-boots-ground-option-syria-if-absolutely-necessary <p></p><p>Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) says officials are considering the best response to evidence that the embattled Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, may have used chemical weapons against his own people. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>First, she said officials are exploring humanitarian options to help the King of Jordan, Abdullah II bin al-Hussein,&nbsp;deal with a flood of refugees crossing his border with Syria, which could uproot the regime of the valued U.S. ally.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:43:49 +0000 Tim Lloyd 25879 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Says Putting Boots On The Ground An Option In Syria If ‘Absolutely Necessary’