Obama seeks global support for Syria strike at G20

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President Barack Obama will urge leaders attending a global summit in Russia this week to back an American-led strike against Syria even though the prospects for military action depend on the votes of a fractured U.S. Congress.

Hanging over Obama's three-day overseas trip will also be his tense relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the world leader who has perhaps done the most to stymie international efforts to oust Syria's Bashar Assad.

The timing of the international meetings pulls Obama away from Washington just as he's seeking to rally lawmakers to back military action against Syria in retaliation for what the Obama administration says was a chemical weapons attack.

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