President Barack Obama told the American people Tuesday night that the U.S. is exploring a diplomatic solution to the conflict with Syria, and possibly avoiding a military strike against Bashar al-Assad's government.
The President said Russia’s push to convince Syria to allow its chemical weapons to be placed under international control is in play in the issue. The President has been considering military actions against Syria after an alleged chemical weapons attack by Assad that is reported to have killed more than 1,400 people and violated international rules of war.
"It's too early to tell whether this offer will succeed," the President said. "And any agreement must verify that the Assad regime keeps its commitments. But this initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical weapons without the use of force, particularly because Russia is one of Assad's strongest allies."
Read how some Americans, including those who watched the speech at Manuel's Tavern in Atlanta, reacted to Obama's message in this ABC News post.
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