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article imageInfluential pro-Israel group AIPAC calls for action in Syria

By Sami Zaatari     Sep 3, 2013 in World
The American pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC, has voiced its support for military strikes in Syria, urging Congress to support President Obama in his quest for a military strike against the Syrian regime.
In a statement, AIPAC said:
The civilized world cannot tolerate the use of these barbaric weapons, particularly against an innocent civilian population including hundreds of children
The statement went on to mention Iran and Hezbollah:
America must also send a forceful message of resolve to Iran and Hezbollah - both of whom have provided direct and extensive military support to Assad
Members of Obama's staff meanwhile continued to push their case for a military strike on Syria, with Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Congressman Robert Mendez, said that a vote on a military strike on Syria could commence by Wednesday, with a text being drafted on the issue for the Committee panel to vote on, before it's put forward to the houses of congress.
President Obama has already won support amongst ranking Republican leaders, with Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor voicing their support for a military strike against Syria.
President Obama spoke of his plans in Syria, saying that he was planning for a "limited" strike in Syria, but went on to say that his administration did have a "broader strategy that will allow us to upgrade the capabilities of the opposition".
In Syria meanwhile, violence continued between the army and the opposition, with Syrian troops managing to capture a northern town of strategic significance. The town of Ariha lies alongside a major highway linking the coastal province of Latakia, to that of Idlib. Capturing the town would allow Assad's forces to open supply routes to army troops inside Idlib province, the majority of which, is under rebel control.
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