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Syria Resolution Sets Deadline, Bars Ground Forces [VIDEO]

The Senate resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria would bar American ground troops for combat operations and set a deadline for any action.

Kerry And Hagel Testify At Senate Hearing On Use Of Force Against Syria
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the draft resolution that the Foreign Relations Committee will vote on Wednesday.

The measure would set a time limit of 60 days and says the president could extend that for 30 days more unless Congress has a vote of disapproval.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the committee, and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican, agreed on the measure late Tuesday.

Read The Draft Resolution

Putin warns West on Syria action

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin is warning the West against taking one-sided action in Syria.

But in an interview with The Associated Press, Putin also says Russia “doesn’t exclude” supporting a U.N. resolution on punitive military strikes if it is proved that Damascus used poison gas on its own people.


Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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