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The problem of Syria

Washington - The Obama administration continues to make its case to Congress to support U.S. military action against the Assad regime in Syria over an alleged chemical attack that killed hundreds.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will testify before the Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday afternoon after privately briefing lawmakers.

The president gained support for his plan Monday from two Republican leaders -- Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain but its future in Congress remains uncertain.

"I'll vote for it, said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). I'm not trying to duck a vote, but I think he's put himself in a position that -- right now, if the vote were today -- it would be very difficult to get a majority."

"I am hoping to find an answer to the question: 'Is there another way to hold Assad accountable?'" said Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif.)

Meanwhile, the U.S. Marines recruiting website was hacked with a pro-Assad message urging the U.S. not to strike.

Assad said the Middle East is a "powder keg" and military strikes against his country would risk triggering a regional war.

Lawmakers are expected to vote on the measure next week when they return from recess.

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