WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is signaling that he would consider U.S. military action against Syria if his administration obtains "hard, effective evidence" of chemical weapons use by the Assad government.
But Obama made clear he would prefer to have the backing of the international community before escalating American involvement in the Syria's fierce civil war.
In a White House news conference Tuesday, Obama appealed for patience, saying he still needs more conclusive evidence about how and when chemical weapons detected by U.S. intelligence agencies were used. But if those questions get answered, Obama says he would consider options the Pentagon and intelligence community have readied for him in the event Syria crossed his chemical weapons "red line."
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