Retaliation for Potential Syrian Chemical Attack Germany Faces New Pressure to Take Military Role

Under pressure from the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her defense minister have signaled an increased willingness to take military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in case of a chemical weapons attack. But their options are limited by domestic reality.
Anti-aircraft fire over Damascus in April

Anti-aircraft fire over Damascus in April

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Richard Grenell, U.S. ambassador to Germany

Richard Grenell, U.S. ambassador to Germany

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German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen

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