Obama, who returned on Friday night from the G20 summit in Russia, will tape his interviews with anchors of ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN and Fox News, Xinhua cited the White House as saying.

The TV networks will air the interviews on Monday night ahead of a planned televised speech to the nation that Obama will make from the White House on Tuesday, in another push to win support for his military plan on Syria.

On August 31, Obama had announced that he has decided to launch a limited military strike against Syria, but will first seek congressional authorization for the action. He said the strike is aimed at "punishing" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for perpetrating a chemical weapons attack on August 21 outside Damascus, in which the US claims 1,429 people, including 426 children, were killed.

However, Obama is facing an uphill battle in both chambers of Congress as public opinion polls have shown that most Americans are against military intervention in Syria. Many allies, like Britain, have refused to join the US in the action.


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