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Back from break, Congress to debate Syria military strike

Congress will return from a five week recess Monday, to decide whether to approve the launch of military strikes in Syria.

President Obama is seeking a resolution authorizing military action against Syria, ahead of an oval office address on Tuesday.

According to CNN, there are 18 “no” votes in the Senate and 24 “yes.” Fifty-eight senators — almost the same number of votes needed to overcome any filibuster — remain undecided.

After changing an Obama-sponsored proposal authorizing a military response to alleged chemical weapons use by Syria, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on Wednesday to approve it by a 10-7 margin.

Meanwhile, White House officials posted a video online that reportedly showed the aftermath of the alleged chemical attack in Syria that killed more than 1,400 people in August.

Officials said Bashar Assad is responsible for the attack, and has created one of the world’s largest stockpiles of chemical weapons.

According to the New York Times, archives show that Syria’s governing Assad family exploited large loopholes, lax enforcement and a far greater international emphasis on limiting the spread of nuclear arms.

Meanwhile in Turkey, officials have established several decontamination sites in its southern province, which borders Syria, due to alerts following the alleged chemical weapon attacks.


2 Comments to “Back from break, Congress to debate Syria military strike”

    Enrique said:
    September 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    This war is Shiate vs. Sunni. We are neither. We are being conned into killing Sunni (Assad) for the Shiate (rebels). Later we’ll be bamboozled into killing them too. Why should we be responsible for killing them? Let them murder each other we have better things to do.

      Jock E Shift said:
      September 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Exactly right. We must stop trying to clean up everyone else's messes. We can't even clean up our own.

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