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McCain opposes Syria resolution

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday said he does not support the Senate resolution to authorize military action in Syria.

Asked by The Associated Press whether he backs the measure announced Tuesday evening, McCain said: “In its current form, I do not.”

The Arizona Republican has long called for a U.S. intervention in Syria but is pushing for action beyond the “limited” strikes that President Obama has called for.

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"I can't support something that may be doomed to failure in the long run,” McCain said Wednesday on "The Today Show."

McCain wants the U.S. to provide arms to the Free Syrian Army, a rebel offshoot that has been among those battling the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced a deal on a Syria resolution on Tuesday evening.

The measure would authorize the use of force in Syria for 60 days, with a possible 30 day extension and explicitly ban the use of ground forces in Syria.