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Senate Releases Resolution Authorizing Military Force Against Syria

During the Congressional debates over whether or not the U.S. should use military force against Syria, the GPO (Government Printing Office) has released a digital version of Senate Joint Resolution (S. J. Res.) 21: To Authorize the Limited and Specified Use of the United States Armed Forces Against Syria. This S. J. Res. describes the limits of the authorization, should it pass, and describes the reasons for which such a resolution is on the table.

The justification in the Joint Resolution includes the perceived abuses of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, including the repression of and war with its own civilians. It is estimated that over 100,000 people have been killed in the past two years, and over four million displaced.

The Resolution goes on to describe the chemical weapons programs of the Assad regime, and reports that there is "clear and compelling evidence" of the use of illegal chemical weapons.

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