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Obama Administration Making Its Case for Action Against Syria; Assad Vows to Defend Against 'Any Aggression


"We do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us, that they are held accountable."

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at Henninger High School in Syracuse, N.Y. The launch of a highly anticipated strike on Syria could make for awkward timing. Few doubt that Obama is preparing for a U.S.-led military action to retaliate for what the U.S. and its allies say was a deadly chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Syrian government. But there are few good options for when to attack. Credit: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama faced resistance Thursday to plans for a possible military strike against Syria, with wary lawmakers in both the United States and Britain demanding more proof that Bashar Assad's government perpetrated a deadly chemical weapons attack against civilians. Even so, military action could come within days.

Assad vowed his country "will defend itself against any aggression."

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