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Russia Offer on Syria Shifts Debate Before Obama’s Speech

A Russian bid to get Syria to surrender its chemical weapons shifted the debate as President Barack Obama prepared to make his case for U.S. military strikes in a nationally televised address tonight.

While questioning whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would yield control of his weapons stocks, Obama said on ABC News that a U.S. attack “absolutely” would be put on hold if Syria followed through on the proposal from its powerful ally.