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President Obama Seeks Congressional Authorization for Military Action in Syria

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(CNN) -- U.S. President Barack Obama appealed Saturday for Congressional leaders to consider their responsibilities and values in debating U.S. military action in Syria over its alleged chemical weapons use. "Some things are more important than partisan differences or the politics of the moment," he said. "Today I'm asking Congress to send a message to the world that we are united as one nation."

(CNN) -- A delegation of Iranian lawmakers arrived in Damascus Saturday to show solidarity with the Syrian government, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported.

(CNN) -- A spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition told CNN's Ivan Watson that the opposition group was surprised by U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to consult Congress over possible military action against Syria. "I can tell you that there has been great disappointment. Because the expectation was after the Obama administration has found the regime guilty an action would be taken," spokesman Louay Safi said. "We are quite convinced that the Assad regime will not stop doing what it has been doing unless there has been some sort of force that will shake the regime. Our fear now is that the lack of action could embolden the regime and they repeat his attacks in a more serious way. So we are quite concerned."

(CNN) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron gave his backing Saturday to President Barack Obama's statement on U.S. military action against Syria. "I understand and support Barack Obama's position on Syria," he said via Twitter. Britain's House of Commons voted against UK military intervention in Syria this week, in a humiliating defeat for Cameron.