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Locals React to Possible U.S. Military Strike in Syria

Locals are reacting to President Obama’s announcement that he is seeking Congressional approval for a military strike in Syria.

HAGERSTOWN, Md.Locals are reacting to President Obama’s announcement that he is seeking congressional approval for a military strike in Syria.

This comes after a chemical gas attack in the war-torn country killed more than 1,500 people, including 400 children.

On August 21, the Syrian government, led by president Bashar al-Assad, allegedly used sarin nerve gas on rebel-held areas near Damascus.

Nine days later, President Obama and Secretary Kerry publicly condemned the use of sarin gas, saying the act should not go unpunished.

Then, on August 31, Obama announced he will seek congressional approval for a military strike in Syria.

"After careful deliberation, I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets,” Obama said in his speech.

However, some Americans remain reluctant about military intervention.

"You’re looking at an area that has been in conflict for a long, long time and anything that we do I think would just cause more trouble," said Hagerstown resident Aaron House.

The Obama administration has made it clear the President can go ahead with a military strike no matter what Congress decides, but some locals disapprove of that move.

“I wouldn't go along with that,” said Hagerstown resident Herbert Burgess. “It has to be what Congress says to me because Congress is the people."

Other locals say the use of chemical weapons should be condemned, but they are worried about the lack of allied support, especially after British lawmakers voted no to military action in Syria last Thursday.

"Of course we're concerned with people in other parts of the world,” said Hagerstown resident Donna Houser. “My main concern was I can't believe that other countries aren't backing us up."

Members of Congress are expected to vote on a possible military strike in Syria after they come back from summer recess on September 9.

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