US Senate allows 60-day military action in Syria
The US Senate foreign relations committee has permitted only 60 days of military action against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, as per the war resolution drafted by the Senate members on Tuesday.world Updated: Sep 04, 2013 10:40 IST
The US Senate foreign relations committee has permitted only 60 days of military action against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, as per the war resolution drafted by the Senate members on Tuesday.
The resolution, among other things, permits the deployment of a small rescue mission in the event of an emergency, Congressional aides said. The text of the draft is yet to be officially released.
The resolution is likely to be put to vote before the committee on Wednesday.
"The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has crafted a bipartisan authorisation for the use of military force that we believe reflects the will and concerns of Democrats and Republicans alike," senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said after successfully negotiating with ranking member Bob Corker on the resolution called 'Authorisation for the Use of Military Force in Syria'.
Menendez said the resolution gives US President Barack Obama the authority he needs to deploy force in response to the Assad regime's criminal use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people.
The resolution also assures that the authorisation is narrow and focused, limited in time, and assures that the armed forces of the US will not be deployed for combat operations in Syria.
On Tuesday, Menendez presided over the Senate committee hearing on Syria.
"I do think we were able to address many of the issues that were raised today during the hearing. And I thought the hearing was fine. There wasn't any new ground broke, and I was glad that Secretary (of State, John) Kerry reasserted the 'no boots on the ground' point. And I'm sure that will also be addressed in writing," said Corker after the Congressional hearing.