Obama to send Kerry, Hagel to Senate over Syria vote
WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States President Barack Obama will send his diplomatic and defence chiefs to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to intensify a fervent White House effort to win support for military strikes in Syria.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in what will be one of the most high-profile political set pieces in Washington in weeks.
Mr Kerry, who used to run the committee and Mr Hagel, a Republican who emerged as a fierce critic of former president George W. Bush's Iraq policy, are both former senators.
The administration faces a tough task in winning support for military action in Syria to punish a chemical weapons attack nearly two weeks ago, after Mr Obama shocked the world on Saturday by announcing he would seek authorisation for military action from Congress.