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Senate To Debate, Vote On Syrian Strike Next Week

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The White House is struggling to gain support for an attack on Syria.

It's running into opposition both at home and abroad.

President Barack Obama walking alone may tell the entire story of this G-20 conference.

Yes, he shook hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has opposed him on Syria at every turn, but that's about it.

Obama is looking for international support for a military strike after accusing Syria of a chemical weapons attack on its own people.

Britain now also says new evidence shows that poison gas was used in Syria.

Back in Washington, there were more classified briefings for members of Congress.

But, at the moment at least, the support just doesn't appear to be there to sanction the president's attack plan.

"I'm a lawmaker now, I'm in the political arena. But I am still and I will always be in my heart a United States Marine," Rep. Michael Grimm, (R-N.Y.). "And there is nothing I want more than to support my commander in chief when he draws a red line. I think that's just in me. But since he drew that line, since Secretary (of State John) Kerry came out, he has done nothing but mess this up, and he has lost my confidence."

And many members of Congress who do support the president, like Republican Sen. John McCain, are running into a buzz saw of opposition from constituents.

"I'm not saying we'll never go to war with Syria, but it needs to be at the right time, the right place. We don't feel this is it right now. We really do not," one constituent told McCain at a townhall meeting.

In the meantime, the White House launched a new website to try to make the case for Syria. But it was quickly overshadowed by other images online, including this one from the New York Times that appeared to show Syrian rebels executing Syrian soldiers, raising questions about whom the U.S. is really backing there.

And caught in the middle is the U.S. military, which is poised for war but awaiting orders.

One Pentagon source tells Fox News that military strategists have had to revise their plans 50 times since the president first considered action, Fox's Doug Luzader reported live from Washington on Friday morning.

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says visual evidence could help convince skeptical lawmakers to approve a U.S. strike.

The Senate plans to debate and vote on the "use of force" resolution next week.

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