White House holds more briefings on Syria for lawmakers

WASHINGTON Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:20pm EDT

1 of 2. Free Syrian Army fighters carry weapons as they take up positions during an offensive against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's town of Khanasir August 26, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's national security team is holding at least two briefings on Syria for members of Congress on Friday, congressional aides told Reuters, as the administration works to tamp down criticism that it has not properly consulted lawmakers.

At 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT), as Secretary of State John Kerry made a televised address discussing U.S. findings about an apparent chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus, members of the national security staff were addressing members of the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Armed Services committees via conference call.

National security officials were due to brief members of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee beginning at 2:15 p.m. EDT (1615 GMT), congressional aides said.

Administration officials are weighing their options on how to proceed, including possible missile strikes. Obama has said he does not want to get drawn into a protracted conflict, but wants to ensure that chemical weapons are not used again.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Jackie Frank)

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T-Prop wrote:
“White House gives Congress new evidence of chemical arms use in Syria”


Aug 29, 2013 11:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sylvan wrote:
Obama has obviously decided to take his orders from the Knesset. If he bombs Syria without UN authority, he deserves to be impeached, and I have supported the guy since before his first election, even though he underhandedly defeated who would have been, and still may be, our first female president.
Obama will not only shatter any authority the UN once had, but will also shatter his domestic coalition if he bombs Syria; in fact I will join and contribute to efforts to impeach him, as this would be high crimes and misdemeanors. He can forget the support of women and college educated whites which together with minorities, put him back in the White House. He has the reasoning skills of a bush it seems.

Aug 30, 2013 6:09am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Syanis wrote:
Wheres the evidence that is was the Syrian Government who made the attacks? I still see no evidence of that. To me it looks to support the Syrian Governments suggestion that it was the rebels who did it to gain international support and international intervention to remove the current government. I’ve seen evidence from other news sources that backs up that claim also while still no evidence that means a damn thing to suggest it was the Syrian Government. As its a rebelious faction also the whole idea also supports the possibility the rebels through rebelious military leaders could have gotten their hands on the chemical weapons.

The Syrian Government already know what the rebels knew that IF chemical weapons were deployed and was seen who the international community would move in with an iron hammer approach. This is why the government wouldn’t and the rebels would.

Aug 30, 2013 6:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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