US Senate Committee approves military strike against Syria

4 September 2013 (Last Updated September 4th, 2013 18:30)

The Obama administration has been authorised by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee to carry out military strike on Syria, in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack last month.

The Obama administration has been authorised by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee to carry out military strike on Syria, in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack last month.

The committee, which reached ten majority votes in favour and seven against, permitted US President Barak Obama to launch the limited military strike on the Syrian regime, provided that it would not exceed 90 days and would not involve the deployment of US troops on the ground for combat missions.

The vote follows objections to an earlier draft, which were raised by the proponent of US military action in Syria and US Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Fox News cited Senator John McCain as saying that the amendments, which are crucial for US military in ensuring operations in Syria, are part of a the nation's broader strategy to change the Syria battlefield momentum.

"The measure is expected to receive vote from the full Senate next week as well as from the House of Representatives."

"That strategy must degrade the military capabilities of the Assad regime while upgrading the military capabilities of moderate Syrian opposition forces," McCain said.

At a separate meeting Secretary of State John Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee: "If we don't take a stand here today, I guarantee you, we are more likely to face far greater risks to our security and a far greater likelihood of conflict that demands our action in the future."

The measure is expected to receive vote from the full Senate next week as well as from the House of Representatives.

Recently the US Navy has positioned its four destroyers near Syria, in preparation of carrying out military action against the war-torn country, according to a defence official.

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