Morning Must Reads: August 27

In the news: a military strike against Assad

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • “Western powers told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces within days.” [Reuters]
    • Defense Secretary Hagel says the military is ready to attack immediately. [Reuters]
    • “The White House reached out to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Monday as part of an effort to build congressional support ahead of what appears to be an imminent military strike against Syria.” [Hill]
    • “British forces are drawing up contingency plans for a ‘proportionate’ response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.” [WashPost]
    • “The reasons the situation has come to this are many and varied, but the most complex one can be summarized in one word: Iran.” [WSJ]
    • Destroying Assad’s chemical weapons won’t be easy. [TIME]
    • “Two Minds on Syria” [New Yoker]