WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry is making one thing very clear when it comes to a potential military strike against Syria: There will be no American boots on the ground.
Kerry went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to urge Congress to approve the Obama administration's request for limited action against Syria.
Kerry said there was no problem in having language in legislation that, in his words, "has zero capacity for American troops on the ground."
Some lawmakers have expressed reluctance about being drawn into a larger conflict. But Kerry stressed that what President Barack Obama is seeking would be military action limited in scope and duration that would send a message to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad that it can't get away with using chemical weapons.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is warning that any "punitive" action taken against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack last week could unleash more turmoil and bloodshed in that nation's civil war.
Ban also cautioned nations such as the United States and France that may be considering such strikes that they are legal only in self-defense under the U.N. Charter or if approved by the U.N. Security Council.
Russia and China have used their veto power in the council multiple times to keep it from taking action against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
President Barack Obama received key support from leaders in Congress on Tuesday for a potential strike.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner says he will support President Barack Obama's call for the U.S. to take action against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use and says his Republican colleagues should support the president, too.
The Ohio Republican says the use of chemical weapons must be responded to. He says only the United States has the capability and the capacity to stop Syrian President Bashar Assad and warn others around the world that such actions will not be tolerated.
Said Boehner: "This is something that the United States as a country needs to do."
He spoke at the White House Tuesday after he and other congressional leaders met with Obama.