Decision on Syria delayed until United States Congress votes

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Opposition to United States president Barrack Obama’s decision that a military intervention is necessary in Syria has been growing steadily on home turf. Protests by opponents to any military action have taken place in Washington and other cities.

On Saturday, he spoke to the American people and said that any intervention in Syria would need to be backed by Congress. However, a vote can’t be taken until it reconvenes on September 9.

Obama said that any action would be limited and ruled out a ground invasion.

The delay has received criticism by the Syrian opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, who warned that it could “embolden” the Damascus government.

On Sunday, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls said that France will not launch an assault on Syria alone and will wait for the United States Congress to decide whether to punish President Bashar al-Assad’s government for the alleged chemical attack in Damascus.

Pressure has been mounting on French President Francois Hollande to hold a parliamentary vote on an intervention.