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Obama to Seek Congressional Approval for Syria Strike

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President Barack Obama. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Independent – Pulling back from the brink, a lonely President Barack Obama said last night that he would attempt to wrest authorisation from the US Congress before ordering military strikes over Syria – thereby putting an unexpected brake on what had seemed like impending action.

Mr Obama made clear that he had the authority to order a strike in response to the Assad regime using chemical weapons against civilians, and stands ready to do so at any time. But announcing a delay that stunned many, he pledged: “I will seek authorisation for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress. We should have this debate because the issues are too big for business as usual.”

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