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Obama seeks military action in Syria
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Obama seeks military action in Syria

Aug 31 2013, 2:06pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, Sep 1 (IANS) Failing to find support at home and abroad for military action in a hurry against Syria, US President Barack Obama said Saturday he will seek the approval of Congress before carrying out a military strike.

Washington, Sep 1 — Failing to find support at home and abroad for military action in a hurry against Syria, US President Barack Obama said Saturday he will seek the approval of Congress before...

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Obama seeks military action in Syria

Aug 31 2013, 2:06pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, Sep 1 (IANS) Failing to find support at home and abroad for military action in a hurry against Syria, US President Barack Obama said Saturday he will seek the approval of Congress before carrying out a military strike.

Washington, Sep 1 — Failing to find support at home and abroad for military action in a hurry against Syria, US President Barack Obama said Saturday he will seek the approval of Congress before carrying out a military strike.

The United States "should take military action against Syrian targets" for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an Aug 21 attack on areas controlled by the opposition, he said in a Rose Garden address Saturday with Vice President Biden standing by his side.

However, before carrying out a military strike against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime, he would seek Congressional approval when Congress returns from recess, Obama said.

Congressional leaders have agreed to schedule a debate and vote when they return to session, he said. They are scheduled to return from their summer recess Sep 9.

Obama did not say if he'd forgo a strike if Congress rejects his call to action.

"This attack is an assault on human dignity," Obama said. "It also presents a serious danger to our national security."

"Over the last several days, we've heard from several members of Congress who want their voices to be heard," he said. "I absolutely agree."

The remarks came amid a flurry of briefings for sceptical lawmakers by the president's national security team.

The shouts from hundreds of activists outside the White House protesting against military action could be heard from the Rose Garden shortly before Obama spoke.

The remarks came hours after UN experts investigating the alleged chemical weapons strike outside Damascus Aug 21, which US intelligence reports say left 1,429 people dead, including 426 children, left for Netherlands.

They have taken blood and urine samples from victims and soil samples from areas where chemical attacks have been reported.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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More Civilians May Die In The U.S. Campaign In Syria Than In Iraq, At Least At First

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Russia Considers Joining the Fight Against ISIS

Sep 23 2014 12:54pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Russian leaders are sending mixed messages about their take on the United States' airstrikes in Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insisted to Secretary of State John Kerry that the United States must respect Syria’s sovereignty after President Barack Obama announced the United States would conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State. Yet, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia may join the fight against the jihadist group. On Su ...
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ISIS, Turkey's tool for re-establishing caliphate

Sep 22 2014 7:24pm CDT | Source: WND

WASHINGTON – The release by ISIS of 49 Turkish diplomats under mysterious circumstances raises further concern that Ankara’s cooperation with the jihadist army could be part of a quiet plan to re-establish the Ottoman Empire, according to some Middle East experts, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. Ankara already has allowed ISIS jihadist fighters to enter Syria, launder millions of dollars a day and sell oil taken from occupied Iraq. Turkey said that through “diplom ...
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Turkey Takes in Over 60,000 Syrian Refugees

Sep 21 2014 7:49am CDT | Source: Big Government

The government of Turkey is reporting that between 45,000-60,000 Syrian refugees have crossed the border in the past 24 hours to escape the Islamic State. The majority are from the Kurdish town of Kobane and surrounding villages, which is considered an important border town. The border opened on Friday after Islamic State aimed for Kobane. A Kurdish commander reported the jihadists are only nine miles from the town ...
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Turkish Nurse: 'I Am Sick of Treating Wounded ISIL Militants'

Sep 19 2014 10:33am CDT | Source: Big Government

A nurse in Turkey told authorities she is tired of treating members from the Islamic State. The nurse, only known as E.G., works in a hospital in Mersin, which is on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and across the ocean from Syria. “We treat them, and they go on to decapitate people,” she said. “I am sick of treating wounded ISIL militants.” The private hospital receives numerous Syrians since the civil w ...
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France Becomes First Country To Join U.S. In Airstrikes Against ISIS

Sep 19 2014 8:43am CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

Two French Rafale jet fighters fly over Iraq CREDIT: AP Photo/ECPAD France on Friday morning announced it had taken military action inside Iraq, making it the first country aside from the U.S. in the American-organized “core coalition” to utilize airstrikes against the militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). A statement released from French president Francois Hollande’s office declared that Rafale fighter jets ...
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Alleged ISIS Photo Controversy Engulfs Sen. John McCain

Sep 18 2014 10:45pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his aides swear the Syrian “rebels” he was pictured last year with weren’t ISIS members or supporters, and the mainstream media is by and large buying the 2008 GOP presidential nominee’s story.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has endured brutal criticism—media fact checkers, reporters, and political figures have shredded him—for questioning just who McCain posed with. But a closer look at the situation tells perhaps a different story than ...
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Obama Has No ISIS Strategy

Sep 16 2014 10:56am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Obama said a week ago he did not have a strategy to combat ISIS, and that now he does. He was right the first time. Oh, History The United States ignored ISIS for months. Then out of nowhere a complex situation morphed into a struggle to save the Yazidis from so-called genocide, requiring special forces and air strikes. The Yazidis disappeared from view, perhaps saved, certainly no longer needed as an ...
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Confident From Syria, Hizballah Considering Attacking Israel

Sep 15 2014 3:38pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Hizballah plans to dispatch scores of terrorists into Israel while striking civilian communities with missiles in a future war that could last months, a senior Israeli source told reporters. The terrorist organization's confidence grew, based on experience gained from its military intervention in Syria on behalf of dictator Bashar al-Assad. That, the Israeli military official believes, has the group considering going on the offensive. A pre-emptive ...
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Get Out! - The Only Sane Response to the Islamic State

Sep 14 2014 8:20pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

The Islamic State (ISIS) proves the law of unintended consequences. Congratulations America! We killed Christianity in the Middle East and unleashed a terror organization with far greater reach and power than Al Qaeda ever possessed. If insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results, then our foreign policy needs to have been locked away in an institution a long, long time ago. The law of unin ...
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