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Syria Protests Erupt Outside White House Following Obama Announcement

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Protests erupt outside the White House following Obama's announcement to engage Syria in military strike, pending approval of Congress. (Credit: George Mesthos/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Protests erupt outside the White House following Obama’s announcement to engage Syria in military strike, pending approval of Congress. (Credit: George Mesthos/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WASHINGTON — Demonstrators have gathered outside the White House as President Barack Obama says he’ll seek congressional authorization for the use of force in Syria.

Anti-war protesters congregated outside the White House fence Saturday, holding yellow signs and chanting slogans against military intervention.

Syrian-Americans assembled nearby to demand U.S. action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Military action would be in response to a chemical weapons attack the U.S. says Bashad’s government carried out against civilians.

Roman Kishi, a Syrian-American doctor in northern Virginia, says the only available option is to take out Assad. He says now is the right time.

Anti-war protester Tristan Brosnan disagreed, saying the civil war had been going on for a while and there was no reason for the U.S. to change course.

WNEW’s George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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Protests erupt outside the White House following Obama's announcement to engage Syria in military strike, pending approval of Congress. (Credit: George Mesthos/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Protests erupt outside the White House following Obama’s announcement to engage Syria in military strike, pending approval of Congress. (Credit: George Mesthos/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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