Syrian opposition 'disappointed' but still optimistic for US strike
People demonstrate against a US-led strike on Syria in downtown Los Angeles on August 31, 2013. (AFP)
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Syria's leading opposition bloc said Sunday that they were disappointed with the news that US President Barack Obama had decided to seek the approval of Congress before forging ahead with a strike in Syria, but reiterated their belief that US lawmakers will back a strike on the Syrian government.
"We had a feeling of disappointment. We were expecting things to be quicker, that a strike would be imminent... But we believe Congress will approve a strike," said Samir Nashar, a top official at the Syrian National Coalition told AFP.
The news that Obama was seeking approval from Congress before moving ahead with a limited and narrow strike on Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons stockpiles came on Saturday evening as the President talked to reporters in the White House Rose Garden.
"Today I'm asking Congress to send a message to the world that we are ready to move as one nation," Obama said, a dramatic departure from the stance he has taken on the Syrian crisis in recent days, when he and his administration eluded to an imminent strike on Syria.