U.S. Senate committee passes resolution for military action in Syria
Gathered at Capitol Hill Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-to-7, authorizing military action in Syria.
The authorization now must gain approval in the full Senate and the House of Representatives before taking effect.
The resolution gives President Obama the authority to order a limited military action against the Syrian regime as long as it does not exceed 90 days.
The resolution also states that ground troops cannot be used, and that all military force should be aimed at preventing Syria from carrying out future chemical weapons attacks.
In Sweden, ahead of the G20 Summit in Russia on Wednesday, Obama challenged the international community to act.
"My credibility is not on the line. The international community's credibility is on the line and America and Congress' credibility is on the line because we give lip service to the notion that these international norms are important."
Meanwhile, in Germany, an intelligence official has revealed an intercepted phone call proves Syrian President Bashar al-Assad personally ordered last month's gas attack.
Russia, however, is still not convinced.
Russian officials continue to urge the U.S. to come up with more evidence to show Syria did indeed use chemical weapons against the opposition.
In the meantime, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is demanding the Syrian crisis be resolved within the framework of the UN Charter.
Ban also said the results of the UN investigation into the alleged chemical attack in Syria will be announced soon.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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