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US Senate permits only 60 days to fight Syria

US Senate permits only  60 days to fight Syria
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The Syria war resolution drafted by members of the powerful US Senate Foreign Relations Committee permits up to 60 days of military action against...

The Syria war resolution drafted by members of the powerful US Senate Foreign Relations Committee permits up to 60 days of military action against the Bashar al-Assad regime and does not permit any boots on the ground, Congressional aides said.

"The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has crafted a bipartisan Authorisation for the Use of Military Force that we believe reflects the will and concerns of Democrats and Republicans alike," Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said after successfully negotiating with Ranking Member Bob Corker on the resolution- 'Authorisation for the Use of Military Force in Syria'. However, the text of the draft resolution was not officially released.
President Vladimir Putin warned the West against taking one-sided action in Syria but also said Russia "doesn't exclude" supporting a UN resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proved that Damascus used poison gas on its own people.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press and Russia's state Channel 1 television, Putin said Moscow has provided some components of the S-300 air defense missile system to Syria but has frozen further shipments.
He suggested that Russia may sell the potent missile systems elsewhere if Western nations attack Syria without UN Security Council backing.
The interview comes ahead of the summit of G-20 nations in St. Petersburg, which opens tomorrow. The summit was supposed to concentrate on the global economy but now looks likely to be dominated by the international crisis over allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the country's civil war.
The United States risks not only losing its international allies and friends, but also its credibility at the world stage if no military action is taken against the Bashar al-Assad regime for alleged use of chemical weapons, the Obama Administration has told American lawmakers.
"If we fail to act, we're going to have fewer allies. We are going to have fewer people that count on us, certainly in the region," Secretary of State John Kerry told the US Senate.
Kerry, who has spent hours talking to world leaders over phone after the alleged chemical attack in Syria on August 21 that killed more than 1,400 people, yesterday said that the credibility of US is at stake. France's government offers a preview of what the Obama administration faces next week, as lawmakers debate the wisdom and necessity of a military response to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that killed hundreds.
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