Polls continue to show a majority of Americans opposed to US intervention in Syria. The eventual vote in Congress could become a major issue in the 2016 elections; Hillary Clinton has already come out in favor of authorization. Her support for the Iraq war a decade ago contributed to her 2008 primary loss. Meanwhile, Republicans like Ted Cruz are sounding like Democrats like Dennis Kucinich; Cruz warned the US military shouldn't act as "Al Qaeda's air force" by intervening in Syria. The resolution currently being considered by the Senate would limit the duration of US intervention and prohibit the use of ground forces. In the meantime, Sweden became the first European country to offer blanket asylum to Syrian refugees, of which there are now more than 2 million according to the UN., while Turkey's prime minister says his country is ready to join the anti-Syria coalition. He did not specify whether that meant Turkey's armed forces would participate. Russia's Vladimir Putin continues to warn Western powers against unilateral intervention, saying any action in Syria should be approved by the UN Security Council, where Russia has veto power.
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- Al Qaeda is asking engineers to figure out how the terrorist group might be able to sabotage and shoot down drones the US operates.
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While the 7th Circuit judge is often skeptical of the government's position, some of her conclusions will give pause to civil libertarians.
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