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GOP Rep Backs Away From Military Action In Syria

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But in an Aug. 27 article published in the Denver Post and promoted by Coffman's own website, the congressman said he favored limited military action against Syria.

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, said he wouldn't support extended involvement since the United States is not "in danger of an imminent attack."

"I will support the president should he conduct a limited strike on Syria in order to deter (Syrian President) Assad from further use of chemical weapons, but I would not support involvement beyond that because this is an intractable sectarian struggle," Coffman said.

Coffman isn't the only House member to back away from supporting an attack. Also on Thursday, Roll Call reported that Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-NY) was withdrawing his support from Obama's plan to attack Syria.

[Ed. note: The post originally identified Grimm as a Democrat. We regret the error.]

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