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The US evacuated some embassy staff in Beirut, Lebanon yesterday and urged Americans to avoid travel to Lebanon and to southern Turkey. President Obama returned from the G-20 summit without having persuaded a majority of the countries' leaders to back the proposed military intervention in Syria. The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on several individuals and businesses for Iranian oil sales.
President Obama has asked the Pentagon to expand the list of potential targets for the proposed Syrian military intervention; the use of Air Force bombers is now being contemplated. The administration continued to lobby lawmakers to support the proposed strikes. US officials said they intercepted a message from the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Qods Force to Iranian-supported Shiite militia groups in Iraq ordering them to attack the US Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad if the US strikes Syria.
President Obama said he could order strikes in Syria even without authorization from Congress, and argued that the "red line" was not his but the world's. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 to authorize a military intervention in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Secretary of State Kerry of lying about the strength of al Qaeda in the Syrian opposition. US officials are uncertain whether Syria could mount a bioweapons attack. The Pentagon said the US could incur billions of dollars in costs if it cancels military aid to Egypt.