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.