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Military strikes on hold as lawmakers debate Russian proposal
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Military strikes against Syria are on hold as leaders debate a proposal from Russia.
Members of Congress are working with the United Nations on a plan that would require Syria to give up its stockpile of chemical weapons.
The White House says more than 1,400 people were killed when the Syrian regime used poison gas on civilians last month.
Syrian leader Bashar Assad continues to deny the allegations.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet with h is Russian counterpart on Thursday.
He says it won't be easy to make Syria hand over its weapons.
Russia and the U.S. disagree whether or not to use the threat of force to make Syria comply.