Obama Considers 'Narrow' Strike against Syria
US President Barack Obama has reiterated that he had not made a final decision on attacking Syria, adding he was considering limited and narrow action.
Obama, cited by the Voice of America, has made clear he thought an air strike would be in the interest of national security.
Speaking very briefly at the White House Friday evening, Obama has said he had consulted with the American military, members of Congress and US allies, as well as the wider international community.
"Syria has become a threat to the United States by violating well established international norms against the use of chemical weapons, by further threatening friends and allies of ours in the region, like Israel, and Turkey and Jordan, and it increases the risk that chemical weapons will be used in the future, and fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us," Obama stated.
The President has not hidden his frustration with the United Nations' inability to agree on a course of action against Damascus.
"What we have seen so far at least is an incapacity at this point for the Security Council to move forward in the face of a clear violation of international norms," Obama said.
Hours after his comments, UN inspectors left Syria. They were investigating the site where chemical weapons had been, reportedly, used. A UN spokesperson informed the team will speed up their tests of the samples they have gathered.
Speaking earlier on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the US intelligence community has "high confidence" that Assad's government used chemical weapons on August 21 against civilians in several Damascus suburbs.
He blamed Russia, an ally of the Syrian government, for obstructing the international military intervention.
"And because of the guaranteed Russian obstructionism of any action through the UN Security Council, the U.N. cannot galvanize the world to act, as it should," Kerry said.
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