As the violence in Syria has intensified and the U.S. and other nations have moved toward action, Reuters has been delivering a steady stream of exclusive news and on-the-ground images from inside this volatile country, as well as conducting public opinion polling on international response. Here’s some of our best:
Reuters exclusively reported on September 1st that the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group are heading west toward the Red Sea to help support a limited U.S. strike on Syria, if needed. The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked. The story was referenced by Politico, Talking Points Memo, The New Zealand Herald, and Russia Today, among others.
On August 30th, Reuters was alone in reporting that Syrian army defectors say U.S. strikes could kill Assad opponents. Military sites in Syria are packed with soldiers who have been effectively imprisoned by their superiors due to doubts about their loyalty, making them possible casualties in any U.S.-led air strikes. U.S. President Barack Obama says a “tailored, limited” strike would send a strong message to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that use of chemical weapons cannot be tolerated after an alleged attack last week killed hundreds of people. Reuters Correspondent Khaled Oweis discussed this exclusive on BBC News.
A Reuters Ipsos poll that revealed reluctance from most Americans to support a US intervention in the Syrian conflict immediately after the chemical strikes and a poll that unveiled a continued reticence a week later were referenced by Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Salon, Slate, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, The Times of Israel, and The Sydney Morning Herald, just to name a few. Reuters journalists who have made media appearances to discuss the polls and Americans’ attitudes about a possible intervention included David Lindsey, David Rohde, Warren Strobel, Caren Bohan, Nicholas Wapshott, Erika Solomon and Jeff Mason on outlets that included BBC, CBS-TV, CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, CBC, and Ireland’s TV 3 Group.