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US should begin air attacks on Assad’s troops, McCain says

Presses Obama to lead Syrian neighbors in effort

WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain became the first senator to call for airstrikes against Syria, saying on Monday that President Obama has taken too soft a stand against President Bashar Assad and his brutal crackdown on his own people.

McCain said the Syrian government’s slaughter of unarmed civilians has probably resulted in war crimes and that its neighbors in the region will intervene militarily, with or without the United States.

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