Syrian military soldiers check identifications and search vehicles at a check point on Baghdad street, in Damascus. The veneer of normalcy is thin in Damascus, the stronghold of President Bashar Assad's rule, after more than 2 1/2 years of bloodshed.
The Associated Press
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria on Tuesday. Syria's foreign minister said Tuesday his country would defend itself using "all means available" in case of a U.S. strike, denying his government was behind an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus and challenging Washington to present proof backing up its accusations.