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Cheat Sheet: September 6, 2013

Syria video turns the debate on U.S. intervention

On Thursday morning the New York Times posted the grisly video of Syrian rebels standing over seven soldiers of the Syrian regular army, pointing rifles and a pistol at their heads and eventually slaughtering them. Shortly after, the video went viral—and also posed a tricky problem for the Obama White House. For the past six days, President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and other officials have been waging a campaign to gain congressional authorization to punish the Assad regime with a military strike for its illegal use of poison gas against thousands of Syrian civilians, including young children. Kerry minimized the video’s influence on the debate, saying that the rebels in the video are not part of the opposition that is being supported by our friends and ourselves. (Source)

Indian author shot dead in Afghanistan

Sushmita Banerjee, a 49-year-old Indian author whose story was told in the movie Escape from Taliban was shot dead after returning to Afghanistan to make a documentary about women. The killing was the latest in a series of attacks on women in the country. Banerjee was dragged from her house in Paktika and shot as many as two dozen times. Her body was found near an Islamic school about two miles from her home. The Afghan Taliban denied involvement. (Source)

Shooting suspect captured near Richmond

Terrence Devonne Faison, 35, was taken into custody near Richmond in connection with a shooting on Tuesday in Ahoskie, North Carolina. Faison is accused of shooting a juvenile male at the Pine Gate Apartments, across the street from Ahoskie Elementary School. The school was placed on lockdown while officers searched for Faison. (Source)

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