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Global Reactions as U.S. Considers Actions

Local activists and Syrian-American supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad hold up his image during an anti-war rally in front of a U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square in New York, Aug. 29, 2013. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Global Reactions as U.S. Considers Actions

Images from around the world including the U.S., Britain and Australia of people protesting against any military actions the U.S. is considering against Syria.

President Barack Obama stepped back from the brink on Saturday and delayed an imminent military strike against Syria to seek approval from the U.S. Congress in a gamble that will test his ability to project American strength abroad and deploy his own power at home.

Before Obama put on the brakes, the path had been cleared for a U.S. assault. Navy ships were in place and awaiting orders to launch missiles, and U.N. inspectors had left Syria after gathering evidence of a chemical weapons attack that U.S. officials say killed 1,429 people.

But Obama decided to seek the backing of U.S. lawmakers before attacking, as polls showed strong opposition from Americans already weary of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Approval will take at least 10 days, if it comes at all. (Reuters)