US President Obama puts case for military action against Syria to congress for vote
The threat of United States-led military strikes against Syria is one step closer this evening with US President Barack Obama announcing that he will put the issue to Congress for a vote.
In a White House speech this afternoon, Mr Obama said the operation would be limited in duration and strong enough to deter future chemical attacks in Syria.
The US says it has intelligence reports that 1,429 people were killed in a chemical attack near Damascus last Thursday and has blamed the Bashar Al-Assad regime for the attack.
However, the Syrian Government has insisted that the US claim is full of lies and has instead blamed the attack on rebels.
The US Congress is scheduled to reconvene on September 9.
Mr Obama says he is comfortable going forward without the support of the UN Security Council which he blasted as being paralysed and unwilling to hold the Al-Assad regime accountable.
He says he is confident his administration has made the case for military action against Syria without the need to wait on a report now being drafted in the Netherlands by United Nations weapons inspectors.
UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron and a number of Senate Republican leaders have come out in support of US President Barack Obama’s plan. Minutes after Mr Obama’s announcement, Mr Cameron took to the social media network Twitter to express support for the US President. The announcement by Mr Obama comes days after British lawmakers defeated a government motion to take part in any military action in Syria.
I understand and support Barack Obama's position on #Syria.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) August 31, 2013
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