wednesday, 4 september of 2013

Syria crisis: US senators´ draft backs limited action

Syria crisis

US senators' draft backs limited action

US senators in a key committee have agreed on a draft resolution backing the use of US military force in Syria.

The measure to be voted on next week sets a time limit of 60 days on any operation. The draft document also bans the use of any ground forces in Syria.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the US had to act after the Assad regime's "undeniable" chemical weapons attack.

The Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, endorsed Mr Obama's call for military action.

According to a copy of the draft resolution obtained by AFP news agency, the senators wish to restrict the operation to a "limited and tailored use of the United States Armed Forces against Syria".

The resolution states that "the president may extend" a 60-day operation "for a single period of 30 days" if he obtains further specific Congressional approval.

(Published by BBC - September 4, 2013)

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