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Obama to press ahead with Congress request on Syria

US President Barack Obama will press ahead with his plan to ask Congress to approve the use of military force in Syria, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

"What the President said last night reflects where we are this morning - we see this as potentially a positive development and we see this as a clear result of the pressure that has been put on Syria," Mr Carney said on MSNBC.

White House press secretary Jay Carney. Credit: Olivier Douliery/ABACAUSA.com

The White House wants to verify that Syria is serious, therefore President Obama will visit Capitol Hill later today to ask congressional members to authorise limited strikes on Syria, Mr Carney added.