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Senate panel takes administration to task over Syria

Senators of both parties aggressively confronted State Department officials who hinted at an expanded military role in Syria.
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) speaks to the media next to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) after the Senate passed the immigration bill on Capitol Hill in Washington June 27, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - RTX11423

Democrats and Republicans alike tore into State Department officials over the Obama administration's Syria policy during a confrontational Senate hearing on Wednesday.

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee took offense to the suggestion that the administration is considering stepped up military options in the country but could not discuss them publicly.

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