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Vigil in Providence to Oppose possible US attack on Syria

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By: Alexandra Cowley

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Congress could make a decision on a possible air strike in Syria in the next few days. A new poll says most oppose a US strike on Syria. There's a vigil being held tonight with people who are calling on the president to halt any possible attack.

Vietnam Veteran Chris Currie is speaking out against the president and a possible military air strike on Syria.

"I've lived in war in Vietnam and I know how horrible it can be. It looks like Obama is sponsoring an insurgency to take over the Syrian government," says Currie.

Currie is part of an online activist group called move on DOT.ORG. They're holding a vigil in Burnside park Tonight, in accord with others across the nation. Calling on President Obama to stop any possible attack on Syria.

"It won't really help, it will only make matters worse probably and it's immoral," explained Currie.

We caught up with Senator Jack Reed at an event in Bristol. He says the evidence linking the Assad Regime to the chemical weapons attack, that killed over a thousand, is pretty straightforward.

"It's a very strong case against the Assad Regime," said Senator Reed.

Senator Reed wouldn't say how he plans to vote, but did say what he feels the president needs to do if congress were to give the green light on an attack.

"I think he needs to make every effort to try to resolve this short of any type of military operation,"Reed said.

The UN's full report on evidence it collected that's expected to link the Syrian government to the chemical attacks, has not been released.

Another reason why Currie says hes protesting a US attack.

Currie said, "Why is he trying to rush us into war so fast, it's fishy."

Senator Reed confirmed congress could have a decision within the next few days. A vigil is scheduled at 7 PM in Burnside park in Providence Monday evening.

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