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Senate Panel Votes to Authorize Force in Syria

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A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.
 
The vote Wednesday was 10-7, with one senator voting present. The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.
 
The resolution would permit Obama to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as it doesn't exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations.
 
The Democratic chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Menendez, and the panel's top Republican, Sen. Bob Corker, crafted the resolution. 
 
The vote marked the first time lawmakers have voted to authorize military action since the October 2002 votes giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq.  

Meanwhile, U.S. officials say intelligence agencies did not detect the Syrian regime readying a massive chemical weapons attack in the days ahead of the strike, only piecing together what had happened after the fact.
 
Senior U.S. officials say intercepted communications of commanders telling Syrian military units to prepare for the strikes against a Damascus suburb on Aug. 21 were in the hands of U.S. intelligence agencies, but had not yet been "processed." 
 
That explains why the White House didn't warn the regime as it had when detecting previous preparations for chemical strikes. 
 
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the intelligence publicly.
 
A spokesman for the director of national intelligence confirmed Wednesday that U.S. intelligence did not detect the massive chemical weapons attack beforehand. (AP)

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