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US lays groundwork for possible Syria strike

By JULIE PACE
AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is laying the groundwork for potential military action in Syria in the coming days, with intelligence agencies readying additional evidence about last week's alleged chemical weapons attack and high-ranking U.S. officials declaring there is "no doubt" that Bashar Assad's regime is to blame.
 
Administration officials say Assad's actions pose a direct threat to U.S. national security, providing President Barack Obama with a potential legal justification for launching a strike without authorization from the United Nations or Congress. However, officials did not detail how the U.S. was directly threatened by an attack contained within Syria's borders. Nor did they present concrete proof that Assad was responsible.
 
The U.S. and international partners were unlikely to undertake military action before Thursday, when Britain holds an emergency meeting of Parliament.

   AP-WF-08-28-13 0715GMT

 
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