Obama Administration Lays Groundwork For Probable Military Strike Against Syria

Source: Anne Gearan and Karen DeYoung / The Washington Post

The Obama administration readied Tuesday for a probable military strike against Syria, assembling allied backing and collecting an important Arab endorsement of its view that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is almost certainly to blame for an alleged mass gassing of civilians.

The Arab League blamed the Syrian government for the alleged chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds near Damascus last week. In an emergency meeting Tuesday in Cairo, the influential Arab organization called for those behind the attack to be brought to international justice.

The 22 members stopped well short of endorsing outside military action, but they urged the U.N. Security Council to agree on “deterrent” measures.

Saudi Arabia’s longtime foreign minister added that a “decisive and serious” international stand is required against Syria.

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