posted on Sep, 3 2013 @ 10:32 AM
The US has a plan to help Syria's rebels bring down the Assad regime after launching military strikes, President Obama has said.
Mr Obama said again that military action against Syria would be "limited" but suggested a strike would go further than simply punishing President
Bashar al Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.
The president said he was confident that Congress would vote in favour of military action and called for a prompt vote on the issue.
During a meeting of congressional leaders at the White House, he said: "What we are envisioning is something limited. It is something proportional. It
will degrade Assad's capabilities.
"At the same time we have a broader strategy that will allow us to upgrade the capabilities of the opposition."
Washington is currently assessing whether to order sea-launched strikes against Syria, with President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden attempting to
convince Congress of the need to intervene.
Mr Obama clarified his intentions after influential senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham met with him and said they expected US military action to
be "more robust" than previously thought.
Mr Graham said: "It is all in the details, but I left the meeting feeling better than I felt before about what happens the day after and that the
purpose of the attack is going to be a little more robust than I thought."
Mr McCain said in an interview that Mr Obama did not reveal what weapons might be provided to the opposition in Syria or discuss in what targets might
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