Lynch to hold town hall on Syria strike

US Representative Stephen F. Lynch, who has expressed opposition to a Congressional resolution authorizing President Obama to use military force against Syria, will hold an evening town hall forum on Thursday to talk about the issue and hear from his constituents.

Lynch’s office said that the forum, set for 6:30-8 p.m. at Quincy High School, will be open to the public and the congressman, a South Boston Democrat, will take questions and hear comments.

Many in the all-Democratic Massachusetts Congressional delegation have expressed skepticism about authorizing the President to use military force in Syria.

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US Senator Edward J. Markey said today he would oppose the resolution.

Obama has asked Congress to authorize him to strike Syria, after the reported use of chemical weapons by the forces of Syrian leader Bashar Assad. But sentiment on Capitol Hill—and across the country—appears to be strongly opposed to a US intervention in the civil war-torn Middle Eastern country.

In fast-moving developments today, Syria indicated it would turn over its chemical weapons to avoid a US strike, according to the Associated Press.

Obama is set to address the nation about Syria in a televised address this evening.