Obama Takes Bolder Syria Stand as G-8 Talks Open

11:33 AM, Jun 15, 2013   |    comments
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: U.S. President Barack Obama attends a Father's Day luncheon to celebrate the importance of strong families and mentorship in the State Dining Room of the White House June 14 , 2013 in Washington, D.C. .Fathers and their children as well as students and leaders from the Becoming a Man (BAM) program at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago attend the event. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - After months of caution, President Barack Obama suddenly is positioned more aggressively on Syria than the global leaders he's joining at a summit Monday.
 
That's because he's just authorized weapons and ammunition shipments to the struggling Syrian rebels.
 
Obama is expected to push Britain and France to take similar action when talks open in North Ireland among the Group of Eight leading industrial powers.
 
The U.S., Britain and France also will urge Russian President Vladimir Putin to drop his political and military support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
 
Obama and Putin plan separate talks on the sidelines of the summit. It would be their first in-person meeting since Obama' re-election last November.

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