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Obama says he's considering 'narrow' Syria action

3 years 8 months 3 weeks ago August 30, 2013 Aug 30, 2013 Friday, August 30 2013 August 30, 2013 12:37 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he hasn't made a final decision about a military strike against Syria. But he says he's considering a limited and narrow action in response to a chemical weapons attack that he says Syria's government carried out last week.

Obama says that attack was a challenge to the world and threatens U.S. national security.

Obama's comment came after the U.S. released an intelligence assessment that found with "high confidence" that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government carried out a chemical weapons attack last week.

The U.S. says the attack killed more than 1,400 people, including 462 children.

Obama spoke before meeting at the White House with three Baltic leaders. Despite a vote in the U. K. against taking action in Syria, Obama indicated France is with him.

Obama says he has strong preference for multilateral action. But he says, quote, "we don't want the world to be paralyzed."

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