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Obama: US will seek OK from Congress to act on the Syrian attack

Saturday, 31 Aug 2013 | 1:51 PM ET
President Barack Obama addressed the nation Saturday, saying he will ask the US Congress to authorize military action against Syria, lifting the threat of immediate strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
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President Barack Obama addressed the nation Saturday, saying he will ask the US Congress to authorize military action against Syria, lifting the threat of immediate strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The U.S. presented a "powerful case" that the Syrian government was behind a chemical weapons attack against Syria's own people, killing more than 1,000, and said he will seek approval from Congress to act, President Barack Obama said Saturday in a speech in the Rose Garden.

Lawmakers are expected to reconvene Monday, Sept. 9, but media reports say they are considering returning early to consider Syrian action.

The president said that while Americans are weary of war, there are implications to doing nothing.

"We are prepared to strike whenever we choose," he said.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

(NBC: Watch the Obama speech live in progress.)


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