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President Barack Obama's request for speedy congressional backing of a military strike in Syria advanced toward a showdown Senate vote. Legislation backing the use of force against President Bashar Assad's government cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a 10-7 vote after it was stiffened at the last minute to include a pledge of support for "decisive changes to the present military balance of power" in Syria's civil war.
|Obama Wins Senate Panel's Backing On Syria Strike|
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