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Next step on Syria a question as UK declines military action
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Obama administration is working to make its case to Congress and the American people that the U.S. should take military action against Syria.
The same debate is taking place in ally nations, where many are asking questions about whether there is enough proof the Syrian President ordered a chemical weapons attack against his own people.
Demonstrators took to the streets in Turkey, calling on their government to not let the U.S. use a Turkish airbase for strikes against Syria.
In London, British Parliament took a preliminary vote against military action.
Members demanded more conclusive evidence for Syrian President Bashar Assad's responsibility in the attack.
The State Department says the British debate will not deter possible U.S. military action.
"The President will continue contemplating what decision to take in close consultation with our allies," said State Department spokesperson Marie Harf. "I'm not going to go any further than that, except to say that we make our own decisions and our own timeline."
The United Nations investigators on the ground in Syria are set to leave on Saturday.
The U.N. Secretary General is urging the U.S. and its allies to hold off any military response until the team finishes its report.
Michigan Democratic Senator Carl Levin issued a statement following consultations with the Obama administration to increase the military pressure on the Assad regime.
He said, "tonight I suggested that we should do so while U.N. inspectors complete their work and while we seek international support for limited, targeted strikes in response to the Assad regime's large-scale use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people."