Taking a huge political gamble, US President Barack Obama on Saturday asked Congress to authorize military action against Syria, in a move which lifted the threat of immediate strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
US President Barack Obama speaks about Syria from the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 31, 2013. Obama said Saturday 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.
Obama said he had decided a chemical weapons attack on a Syrian suburb that killed more than 1,400 people was so heinous that he would respond with a limited US military strike.
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