Plenty of sensitive overseas situations could test American resolve — and the incumbent especially — in the days before Nov. 6.
There's the unrest in Syria, where uprisings have provoked a violent response from the regime. Activists say more than 34,000 people have been killed in the last 20 months. Neither Obama nor Romney is calling for U.S. military intervention. But a small contingent of U.S. special forces is stationed at the border between Jordan and Syria, and any spillover violence that draws them in could cause war-weary Americans to take notice.
Iran's unpredictability in the region also has foreign leaders on edge. Any sign of aggression, particularly against U.S. ally Israel, would make an already delicate situation even more so.
Nuclear-armed North Korea is another constant source of concern.
By BRIAN BAKST, AP
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