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PODCAST: Unrest in Syria impacts oil markets

Syrian men evacuate a victim following an air strike by regime forces in the northern city of Aleppo on August 26, 2013. Syria's opposition accused pro-regime forces of opening fire at UN weapons inspectors on their way to a suspected chemical weapons site outside Damascus in a bid to hinder their investigation.

Citing evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in an attack against civilians outside of Damascus last week, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration would hold the Syria responsible for "indiscriminate slaughter of civilians" on Monday. Kerry's words seemed to indicate that the United States and its allies are moving closer to military intervention in the three year old conflict between Bashar al-Assad's government and rebels calling for his ouster. The uncertainty over future conflicts has already impacted the markets, driving oil prices in the U.S. and Europe to a five-month high Tuesday morning. And, investors have been buying U.S. dollars as a kind of safe haven.

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