WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure to give President Barack Obama authority to use military force against Syria is expected to reach the full Senate floor next week.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved it in a 10-7 vote Wednesday.
The measure rules out U.S. combat operations on the ground.
Meanwhile, hours before the Senate panel voted, al-Qaida-linked rebels in Syria launched an assault on a regime-held Christian village in the western part of the country.
There also are signs of rivalry among rebel groups, which have been fragmented from the start.
Some of the largest groups are the Western-backed Free Syrian Army and jihadist fighters, some who pledge allegiance to al-Qaida-linked groups in Iraq.