UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio - For some of the students in Mona DeBaz's International Relations class at John Carroll University, President Barack Obama's Tuesday speech on Syria didn't go far enough.
"I still think he left a lot of unanswered questions," one student said.
The class watched the speech for extra credit then talked about it Wednesday morning. Some gave the president a "B" for his handling of the situation, so far.
"I want to be optimistic about it that we can get rid of their chemical weapons," freshman Kelsie Doran said.
But although diplomacy is now taking center stage, others believe a military strike is still possible.
"I think diplomacy has passed," senior David Billiter said. "I think we are going in, but I really don't want to."
The UN Security Council convened Wednesday to talk about next steps now that Syria says it will turn over its chemical weapons to be destroyed. Mona DeBaz, an expert in Middle East affairs, said the UN could come up with a resolution authorizing force if Syria's president doesn't comply.
"International consensus really has to play an important role in resolving the conflict in Syria," she said. "We cannot sit by and see this human tragedy unfolding day after day after day."
Syria's army declares a temporary nationwide cease-fire, starting Wednesday.
A Kurdish official and Syrian activists say Islamic State group fighters have detained some 900 Kurds in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo over the past three weeks.
Syrian president vows to 'liberate' every inch of the country the way his troops took Palmyra from IS.
U.S.-backed Syrian rebel forces are closing in on the town of Manbij, a stronghold of the Islamic State group in northern Syria.
A suicide bomber who targeted a hospital in a Syrian coastal city the previous day killed dozens, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
The Islamic State claimed credit for multiple attacks on civilian gatherings in two Syria..