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SEP 05, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Divided vote foreshadows Obama challenge on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel's deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander in chief's challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war. Obama has called for military action after the administration blamed Assad for a chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21 that it says killed more than 1,400 civilians, including at least 400 children. Responding to Obama's request, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 Wednesday to authorize the ... Read More

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