Outside Influence

, Posted in Politics, Posted: Mon, June 3 2013 at 11:54 AM, Updated: Mon, June 3 2013 at 11:59 AM

The U.S. Is trying to get Syria's government and its rebels together to talk peace.

But there's a new twist in that effort this morning, word that missiles maybe headed to Syria from Russia.

The State Department says there's no confirmation Russia's sending air defense missiles to Syria's government.

But in an interview, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad insists the first shipment's already there.

This comes four days after Senator John McCain snuck over the border with Syria's opposition. He wants to arm the rebels.

"Support the good people and separate them from the bad people," said Senator McCain.

The U.S. Is trying to get both sides to sit down together at a peace conference.

Today in Washington, President Obama meets NATO's Secretary-General to talk about that.

The U.S. admits it needs Syria's strongest ally Russia to cooperate.

"We see them as an important partner on moving to a conference and moving to a political transition,"said State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki.

Russia wants the u.S. To forget about a no-fly zone over Syria. The white house says the president is still considering that:

"He has asked that all options be available to him.," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and new this morning: Syrian TV reports a Michigan woman who converted to Islam was killed in this car fighting with the opposition.

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