US Airstrikes in Syria Draw Praise, Concern in Congress

September 23, 2014 10:23 PM

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U.S. lawmakers are reacting to the first U.S. airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, with a number of congressional leaders praising the action taken by President Barack Obama. But some members of Congress say the nature of the U.S. mission is shifting, and that Congress needs to debate and vote on authorization of a broader and more sustained military campaign against terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.

Members of Congress are scattered across the country for a seven-week recess, many of them campaigning for the November 4th congressional elections. But a number of lawmakers came out in strong support of the first U.S. airstrikes against militant group targets inside Syria.

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