Some Syrians Fear an Escalation of Civil War if US Military Strikes


A supporter of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad holds pictures of him (L) and his father, the late president Hafez al-Assad, during a protest against possible U.S. strikes, at Youssef al-Azma square in Damascus September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX13E47



Syrians are bracing for US military action in response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons.

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The vote Tuesday in Congress authorizing President Obama to use military force, has residents of Damascus concerned about a possible escalation of the civil war.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks the the BBC's Jeremy Bowen in Damascus.