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Saturday, September 07, 2013 6:13 pm

Looming Syria vote prompts protests


More than 100 anti-war protesters voiced their opposition to President Barack Obama's call for a U.S. military strike against Syria in a rally outside the White House.

Chanting "They say more war; we say no war," speakers say Saturday's picket line marks a line Congress should not cross as it prepares to vote on the issue.

Many lawmakers in both parties oppose Obama's request for Congress to authorize using military force against Syria for a deadly chemical gas attack the Obama administration blames on President Bashar Assad (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd).

Concerns over military action spawned other protests across the country, including one in New York City's Times Square.

The first congressional votes over military action could come Wednesday.