Senate Foreign Affairs Committee approves Syria Strike Resolution

09/05/13 Associated Press
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday


A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.

The vote today in the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee was 10-to-7, with one senator voting present. The full Senate and House are expected to vote on the measure next week.

President Barack Obama says the international community and Congress's credibility are on the line if a chemical attack on civilians in Syria goes unanswered. Obama is seeking congressional and international support for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In Sweden today, Obama acknowledged that a military response will not resolve the civil war in Syria, but is needed to send a clear message.

Al-Qaida linked rebels launched an assault on a regime-held Christian mountain village in the densely populated west of Syria today and new clashes erupted near the capital, Damascus.

Additionally, Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al-Qaida was fighting with the Syrian opposition in that country's civil war.

Today the Secretary of State said that when chemical weapons were used last spring President Obama did not have a compelling enough case to push for a US military response. Testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee today, Kerry faced tough questions.

A senior diplomat says the U.N. chemical weapons inspection team that left Syria with biological samples and other materials is speeding up its analysis and hopes to have it done in two or three weeks.

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