Middle East

US senator: Vote on Syria measure might be delayed

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., joined by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., questions Secretary of State John Kerry at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on President Barack Obama's request for congressional authorization for military intervention in Syria, a response to last month's alleged sarin gas attack in the Syrian civil war, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON: A Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the panel may not vote Wednesday on a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama's proposed military intervention in Syria. Sen. John Barrasso said it was still meeting on the resolution.

Word of the possible delay came after Sen. John McCain, a leading Republican, said he did not support the latest version of the Senate resolution. McCain, an outspoken advocate of intervention, said he wants more than cruise missile strikes and other limited action.

On Tuesday, the committee's leaders drafted a resolution that would permit Obama to order a "limited and tailored" military mission against Syria, as long as it does not exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations.

 

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