WASHINGTON: Arab nations have offered to help pay for any US military intervention in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers Wednesday as he sought support for missile strikes.

“With respect to Arab countries offering to bear the cost and to assist, the answer is profoundly yes, they have. That offer is on the table,” Kerry said as he appeared before a House of Representatives panel.

The offer was “quite significant,” he said.

“Some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we've done it previously in other places, they'll carry that cost. That's how dedicated they are to this.”

But he stressed: “Obviously, that is not in the cards and nobody is talking about it, but they are talking about taking seriously getting this job done.”

He was appearing before the House Foreign Affairs committee on the second day of the administration's blitz on Capitol hill to persuade lawmakers to approve limited military strikes.

Washington has led charges that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad unleashed sarin gas on August 21 against the residents of a Damascus suburb killing what a US intelligence report said was some 1,400 people.

President Barack Obama has insisted that Assad's regime has crossed a red line against the use of such horrific weapons and should be punished and his military capability degraded.

But in a sign of the depth of opposition involvement in Syria, anti-war demonstrators held up red-stained hands behind Kerry's head in a silent protest during his testimony.

Lawmakers are now drafting a resolution to go before Congress which would give the US administration a 60-day deadline for military intervention, which could be extended once for 30 more days. It would also bar any American boots on the ground.

Asked if the time limit was acceptable to administration, Kerry said it would be preferable to have “a trigger in there” if Assad used chemical weapons again.

He indicated that a move to give the White House a further 60 days every time such arms were used would be acceptable.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee meanwhile held a three-hour, classified session to try to thrash out a draft resolution after Republican veteran Senator John McCain appeared to balk at the plan because he felt it did not go far enough.

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September 4, 2013 11:38 pm

Shame on all who call themselves Arab............ History has some other "More Appropriate" words for someone who thinks and acts like this...

Gulbaz Mushtaq
September 5, 2013 12:05 am

Very good Arab nations.

September 5, 2013 12:55 am

Which Arab states have agreed to finance the Syrian invasion?

September 5, 2013 1:41 am

no matter how many human beings are being killed americans are only interested in cents and dollars, this case of stopping the mass murderer bashaar and his entourage is no different

September 5, 2013 1:47 am

Arab nations=Saudi Arabia

September 5, 2013 2:28 am

A wise enemy is better than a foolish loyal brother/friend

September 5, 2013 2:57 am

U.S govt planned to destabilize Syria. youtube 'wesley clark policy coup' and listen to the American General in 2007 tell the entire plan to create chaos in 7 countries in 5 years. Syria was on the list. Please play this video on DAWN tv and let atleast pakistanis know the intention of the u.s govt.

September 5, 2013 3:09 am

If its true then they deserve to be occupied by foreign powers. And here we have an increasing number of 'Arab wannabe' Pakistanis. Talk about identity crisis.

September 5, 2013 3:25 am

The Arab countries are Saudi Arab and the rulers the dictators of this holy land are basically helping al Qaeda and Taliban in my view. I think USA should not go into Syria no matter what, let Saudis do it them selves and see of they have the guts to do this at all

September 5, 2013 4:11 am

Which Arab countries ? Israel or France?

September 5, 2013 6:22 am

Just remember who was behind the 9/11...most of so called Arab countries. no lessons. Syria was not one of them neither was Iraq....

September 5, 2013 3:17 pm

LOL. May Allah have mercy, War will only bring more killings & sufferings with benefit to non

September 5, 2013 5:24 pm

@Ahmad: KSA, UAE, Behrain and Kuwait

September 5, 2013 6:42 pm

This is tantamount to the corrupt Arab leaders putting a hit on Asad. And of course the gun happy mercenary is more than happy to comply!

September 5, 2013 6:48 pm

“Some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we've done it previously in other places, they'll carry that cost. That's how dedicated they are to this.”

In other places as in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and their likes..... shame on you saudis. shame shame shame!!!

September 6, 2013 1:33 pm

Lets not kid ourself, there are many real Arab who are always wanted thier monopoly on the affairs. Just they got the money thaey can ask any one any thing and pay.Is it not like a day light what happening in Egypt and who is paying for it? Is this any seceret any more. Wake up man. Popel or country who got money they got No religious. Thier religous is Money and only money.

Mohibullah Khan
September 6, 2013 1:42 pm

US should not become a hired killer. First smash these Arab countries who want to harm other muslim nations.

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