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Sep 4, 2013 3:42 PM by AP

Administration seeks backing of military strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - Publicly and privately, President Barack Obama's top national security aides have been continuing their effort to win support in Congress for a U.S. military strike against Syria, in response to a chemical weapons attack near Damascus last month.

Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers that U.S. intelligence can prove that Syria's Bashar Assad has used the weapons at least 11 times. And he said, "The world is wondering whether the United States of America is going to consent with silence."

But Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says U.S. involvement could "make the tragedy worse" in Syria.

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