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Can Syrian Chemical Weapons Issue Lead to US-Iran Opening?

Al-Monitor’s analysis and coverage of a possible US military strike on Syria.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about Syria next to Vice President Joe Biden (L) at the Rose Garden of the White House August 31, 2013, in Washington. Obama said on Saturday he had decided the United States should strike Syrian government targets in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack, but said he would seek a congressional vote for any military action.        REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX132W2

US President Barack Obama today [Aug. 31] said he would seek congressional authorization to pursue a limited military strike on Syria.

The announcement came as a surprise for those who were expecting military action over the US Labor Day holiday weekend.

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