‘Sarin gas used in Syria’
Secretary of State John Kerry asserted on Sunday that the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and said 'the case gets stronger by...
- Obama can take action without approval from the Congress
- US Congress to meet on Sept 9
WASHINGTON (AP): Secretary of State John Kerry asserted on Sunday that the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria and said "the case gets stronger by the day" for a military attack. A day after President Barack Obama stepped back from his threat to launch an attack, Kerry said in a series of interviews on the Sunday news shows that the administration learned of the sarin use within the past 24 hours through samples of hair and blood provided to Washington by first responders in Damascus.
Kerry also said he was confident that Congress will give Obama its backing for an attack against Syria, but the former Massachusetts senator also said the president has authority to act on his own if Congress doesn't give its approval. Congress is scheduled to return from a summer break on Sept. 9. Obama, who has talked repeatedly of U.S. reprisals against President Bashar Assad for the alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people in Syria's protracted civil war, announced Saturday that he had decided to defer any immediate action in order to seek a congressional authorization.
Syria opposition wants a US strike