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Obama to address nation Tuesday on Syria

Updated: September 6, 2013 2:49PM



ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — President Barack Obama said he will address the nation about Syria on Tuesday as he seeks public and congressional authority for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Obama wants to strike against the Syrian regime in response to a chemical attack on civilians last month that the Obama administration says was carried out by Assad’s military. Obama said failing to chemical weapons use would “send a signal to rogue nations.”

The president isn’t saying what he would do if Congress doesn’t authorize his request for a military strike against Syria.

Obama said he doesn’t want to “jump the gun” and speculate about what he would do in that scenario while he and top advisers are busy working to get as much support as possible out of Congress.

Obama, however, has said he believes he has the authority to take limited military action in Syria with or without the approval of lawmakers.



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