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Gingrey: U.S. Must Not Get ‘Mired Down’ In Syria

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) joined by Vice President Joe Biden delivers a statement on Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on August 31, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) joined by Vice President Joe Biden delivers a statement on Syria in the Rose Garden of the White House on August 31, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)

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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey says President Obama is right to seek congressional approval before a military strike on Syria.

However, the Marietta Republican said in a statement that the U.S. “must not get mired down in the Syrian civil war.”

Gingrey’s comments were reported by the Marietta Daily Journal as Congress considers possible military action in the Middle East. The debate comes after Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime was blamed by the U.S. and the Syrian opposition for an Aug. 21 alleged chemical weapons attack in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus.

President Barack Obama said he has decided that the U.S. should take military action against Syria but is seeking congressional authorization. A vote is expected after Congress returns to work Sept. 9.

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