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Update on the President's Plan for Syria

A US military strike on Syria likely will not happen in the next week.

President Obama says while he is ready to take action, he wants congressional approval first.

Senior officials say President Obama was ready to order a military strike against Syria  without Congressional support. But on Friday night, he told advisers he'd changed his mind.

Saturday, after a two-hour debate in the White House situation room with his national security team, the president addressed the nation with a plan to seek lawmakers' approval.

The White House says evidence shows Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime launched a chemical attack that killed more than 1,400 people including 426 children on August 21st.

The President sent congress a draft of a resolution seeking their approval for a military strike to deter and prevent the Syrian government from using chemical weapons in the future.

President Obama says military action would be limited and would not include America troops on the ground in Syria.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will holding hearings on Tuesday regarding the request for authorization to use of military force in Syria.

Senate and House leaders say a vote on the resolution will likely take place the week of September 9th when congress returns from vacation.

 

 

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