Hagel: Allies Ready to Back US in Syria Action

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria would bar American ground troops for combat operations and set a deadline for any action.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the draft resolution that the Foreign Relations Committee will vote on Wednesday.

The measure would set a time limit of 60 days and says the president can extend that for 30 days more with congressional approval.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the committee, and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican, agreed on the measure late Tuesday.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says several key allies in the region strongly support U.S. military action in Syria.

Hagel told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday that France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and others in the region are key partners in any U.S. action.

He said U.S. forces were ready to act whenever President Barack Obama gives the order.

Obama's foreign policy team was laying out a vigorous defense this week for a limited, tailored military strike aimed at degrading Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime's ability to carry out chemical weapons' attacks.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the standing of the U.S. among allies in the region would be eroded if America shows it is unwilling to act.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry says the debate about military strikes against Syria is not about President Barack Obama's "red line" that weapons of mass destruction cannot be tolerated.

Instead, Kerry told Congress Tuesday that "this debate is about the world's red line." He says it is "a red line that anyone with a conscience ought to draw."

Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey were dispatched to the Senate to help persuade lawmakers to support a resolution authorizing limited military strikes against Syria following a chemical weapons attack last month outside Damascus that left hundreds dead, including many children.

Kerry said "This is not the time for arm-chair isolationism. This is not the time to be spectators to slaughter."

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WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too.

The Ohio Republican says the use of chemical weapons must be responded to. He says only the United States has the capability and the capacity to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad and warn others around the world that such actions will not be tolerated.

Said Boehner: "This is something that the United States as a country needs to do."

He spoke at the White House Tuesday after he and other congressional leaders met with Obama.


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