Kerry puts forward Syria argument

US secretary of state John Kerry has put forward the case for military action against Syria at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill. Kerry, secretary of defense Chuck Hagel, and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff General Martin Dempsey, testified as president Obama looked for the support of members of Congress. Senators later voted in favour of a draft resolution backing the use of US military force in Syria.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry answers a question from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) while testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of 'The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria' September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is attempting to enlist the support of members of the U.S. Congress for military action against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people last month. (Getty Images)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talk during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, Kerry and Hagel appeared before the committee to present the Obama Administration's views on Congressional authorization for the use of military force in Syria. (AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), talks with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the topic of 'The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria' September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is attempting to enlist the support of members of the U.S. Congress for military action against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people last month. (Getty Images)
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Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of 'The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria' September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is attempting to enlist the support of members of the U.S. Congress for military action against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people last month. (Getty Images)
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(L-R) U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of 'The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria' September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is attempting to enlist the support of members of the U.S. Congress for military action against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people last month. (Getty Images)
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Teresa Heinz Kerry listens as her husband, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of 'The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria' September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is attempting to enlist the support of members of the U.S. Congress for military action against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people last month. (Getty Images)
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A Capitol Hill police officer speaks with protesters before a hearing where U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of 'The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria' September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is attempting to enlist the support of members of the U.S. Congress for military action against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people last month. (Getty Images)
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U.S. Senators view photographs of victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of 'The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria' September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is attempting to enlist the support of members of the U.S. Congress for military action against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people last month. (Getty Images)
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) confers with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (R) as they testify with U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey (L) before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of 'The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria' September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is attempting to enlist the support of members of the U.S. Congress for military action against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people last month. (Getty Images)
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A protester interrupts a hearing where U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the topic of 'The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria' September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Barack Obama is attempting to enlist the support of members of the U.S. Congress for military action against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people last month. (Getty Images)
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