Bipartisan group opposes arming Syrian rebels

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By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pushing a resolution that would prevent President Barack Obama from arming the Syrian rebels without congressional approval.

The lawmakers told a Capitol Hill news conference on Thursday that while the deadly civil war has created a humanitarian crisis, they fear U.S. military intervention will only exacerbate the situation.

They cited Libya where U.S. involvement helped oust Moammar Gadhafi but left a lawlessness reflected in the deadly assault in Benghazi last September that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The lawmakers were Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Reps. Chris Gibson of New York and Walter Jones of North Carolina and Democratic Reps. Peter Welch of Vermont and Rick Nolan of Minnesota.

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