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President Obama's Decision on Syria

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Watch the full video of the President's statement on Syria.
President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Syria, with Vice President Joe Biden, in the Rose Garden

President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation in Syria, with Vice President Joe Biden, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Aug. 31, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Just now, President Obama laid out the case for a targeted military action against Syrian regime targets as a result of their use of chemical weapons that killed over one thousand people--including hundreds of children. The President also made clear that this would not be an open-ended intervention, and there will be no American troops on the ground.

While the President was clear on the need for action, he announced he would seek Congressional authorization for the use of force.

Watch the President's statement now in his own words or read a transcript of his remarks:

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