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Obama takes case for Syria strikes to war-weary public

Al Jazeera–President Barack Obama began the task of selling his proposed military strikes on Syria to a war-weary American public Saturday, stating in his weekly address that he could not ignore “the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century.”

Ahead of a major address to the nation on Tuesday, he made the case for “limited and targeted” military action to hold the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable for its alleged use of chemical weapons, in violation of international norms.

The push comes after Obama seemingly failed in attempts to convince world leaders at the G20 summit to support military action in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry further sought to rally EU support behind the missile strikes during meetings in Lithuania on Saturday.

In his address on Saturday, Obama said the U.S. has presented a powerful case to the world that the Syrian government was responsible for the attack against its own people.

He reassured Americans that the proposed military action would not be an open-ended intervention.

“This would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan. There would be no American boots on the ground,” he said. “Any action we take would be limited, both in time and scope – designed to deter the Syrian government from gassing its own people again and degrade its ability to do so.”…

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