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Senate to vote on Syria resolution no later than week of September 9: Reid

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-NV) speaks to reporters after Senate luncheons at Capitol Hill in Washington, July 16, 2013. REUT
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-NV) speaks to reporters after Senate luncheons at Capitol Hill in Washington, July 16, 2013. REUT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Saturday that he would hold a vote on authorizing President Barack Obama to use limited military force against Syria no later than the week of September 9.

Reid said the Senate would hold public hearings on the issue next week with senior Obama administration officials, and would hold classified and unclassified briefings for senators throughout the week.

"I believe the use of military force against Syria is both justified and necessary," Reid said in a statement, saying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had committed "atrocities" against civilians with a chemical weapons attack.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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