President Barack Obama's administration insists that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government carried out a chemical weapons attack against his own people. Obama has said that the United States was prepared to take military action, but he has stressed that diplomatic measures should be taken first. Assad's government denies the allegations and insists the rebels are to blame for any chemical attack. Russia is among the countries that have supported the Assad regime.
The Syria conflict: What it's about and why the U.S. cares
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