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Foreign Relations figure wants Syrian air strike

Monday - 8/26/2013, 10:20pm  ET

The United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, left, looks towards the U.N. team convoy, not shown, as they leave their hotel on the day of a scheduled visit to investigate an alleged chemical attack that killed hundreds last week in Damascus, Syria, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. An Associated Press photographer saw the U.N. team wearing body armor leaving in seven SUVs. It was not clear if the team headed to the suburb where the alleged attack occurred. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ranking Senate Foreign Relations Committee Republican is urging a "surgical" U .S. air strike against Syria in reprisal for Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee tells NBC's "Today" show Monday that "I do think action is going to occur" militarily in response to the purported chemical weapons use last week in a Damascus suburb.

Corker says the Obama administration "feels like there's no question chemicals were used" and says it is seeking to rally its NATO allies to support a military response.

He adds, quote, "I think it should be surgical, it should be proportional. It should be responsive to what happened on the ground."

But Corker also said, "I think we can get that right without us getting mired in a conflict."


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