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Social media on the front lines of Syria crisis, Chicagoans react

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Syria is trending worldwide with instant reaction.

"There should have been some form of intervention that should have happened a lot earlier," said Nabeel Khan.

Khan and droves of users provide instant reaction on social media to President Barack Obama's decision to get congressional authorization before ordering limited military strikes against Syria.

"I think everybody was devastated to see these young youth and young children passing away in Syria. It reminds me of what happened in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime, what happened to the Kurds and stuff, what just happened in Syria," said Khan.

The 27 year old Chicagoan is a financial coach and has kept a close eye on social media sites for updates and information and he's not alone. Users are relying on social media for evidence of reported atrocities in Syria, including a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of people, including children.

"I've been talking to the friends that are from Syria, they're devastated obviously. A lot of them have loss family members, a lot of them are affected by what is going on over there," said Khan.

The world is watching Syria through YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms. In Chicago protesters questioned the credibility of the images sparking the outrage.

"There's no evidence that Syrian government has used chemical weapons against its people… We're out here today along with people all over the country and the United States, representing the popular opinion that the people of the United States are not for military intervention in Syria," said John Beacham, Coordinator of Answer Coalition in Chicago, an anti-war organization.

Fears of being killed or kidnapped have forced journalists from Syria. For Nabeel Khan and countless others with loved ones in the region that means turning to social media may be the only option for real-time information they hope is accurate.

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