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President Obama Outlines Plans in Syrian Crisis

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/10/13 @ 9:45 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has ordered the U.S. military to maintain its current posture to keep the pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime should diplomacy fail.

In his televised address Tuesday night, the president outlined his plans to respond to the use of chemical weapons in a Damascus suburb last month that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people.

Obama says he's working closely with world leaders.

He says he's continuing discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, while dispatching Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with his Russian counterpart on Thursday.

Obama also says he's speaking with leaders of France and Britain and will work with Russia and China to put forward a resolution at the United Nations Security Council requiring Assad to give up his chemical weapons.



ORIGINAL STORY 8/21/13
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An aide to House Speaker John Boehner says the speaker's office has received a White House draft of a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria.

The draft follows through on Obama's decision, announced Saturday, to seek congressional approval for a strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.

The resolution lays out the administration's claim that the regime killed more than 1,000 last week in a chemical weapons attack.

It says the objective of a U.S. military response would be to "deter, disrupt, prevent and degrade" the regime's ability to use chemical weapons going forward.

The resolution authorizes Obama to use the military as he determines "necessary and appropriate" to serve that goal.

The draft doesn't lay out a timeline for action. But it does say only a political settlement can resolve the Syrian crisis.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says public hearings before the Foreign Relations Committee and classified and unclassified briefings for senators are being scheduled for next week.

Both the Senate and the House plan a vote on the matter no later than the week of Sept. 9.


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