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Syrian crisis




     The world is waiting to see whether the United States will strike against the Syrian regime, and whether anyone will join in.

     U.S. President Barack Obama said there's no doubt Syria used chemical weapons on its own civilians and he wants to launch attacks, but he first wants to get Congress' approval after lawmakers come back from recess September 9.

     Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are scheduled to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday. A senior State Department official said Kerry will argue that failure to act "unravels the deterrent impact of the international norm against chemical weapons use."

     U.S. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, both Republicans, met Monday with President Barack Obama on Syria. Afterward, McCain told reporters that he is more supportive of a limited military strike on Syria than he had been before the meeting, partly because the administration signaled increased support for the Syrian opposition.

     McCain is a longtime advocate of U.S. intervention in Syria, and he criticized the Obama administration for delaying action to seek the approval of Congress. But he said failure to authorize military action would be "catastrophic."

     Kerry told House Democrats in a phone call Monday that Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have offered military assets for any action planned for Syria, two sources on the call told CNN's Dana Bash.

     Rep. Janice Hahn, D-California, told CNN's "Around the World" that she remains concerned about the duration and scope of any military action and that the administration still faces many questions from Congress. Hahn said she has been briefed by administration officials twice in the past two days.