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Prelude to a parley?


News of an impending American strike on Syria leads the front pages of Arab newspapers Wednesday, with some regarding it as a necessary prelude to a political conference on Syria’s future.

“The ‘looming’ strike on Syria lays the ground for ‘Geneva II,’” reads the headline of Saudi-owned daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat, featuring a photo of a Free Syrian Army fighter in an alleyway in old Aleppo Tuesday.

Opposition sources tell the daily that they were requested by the US to deliver a “target bank” for a military strike. A source in the US State department added that the goal of the American attack is not regime change but merely a retaliation for the use of chemical weapons.

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