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The top Republican in the House, Speaker John Boehner, on Tuesday threw his support behind President Obama’s call for military action against Syria.

Emerging from a meeting at the White House with Obama and a group of lawmakers, Boehner, R-Ohio, said he plans to back Obama’s plan for “limited” strikes aimed at degrading Syrian leader Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons but not forcing regime change.

“I am going to support the president’s call for action,” he told reporters. “I believe my colleagues should support this call for action.”

“The use of force has to be responded to,” he added.

Boehner’s deputy, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced after the meeting that he too would support the use of force.

Even though Boehner’s backing is a good sign for Obama, it by no means guarantees majority Republican support for the president’s plans for military action.

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