The Damascus regime's alleged use of chemical weapons has sharply altered the US stance toward the Syrian conflict, President Barack Obama said late Tuesday in a 16-minute prime-time television address, dpa repoted.
"I have resisted calls for military action because we cannot resolve someone else's civil war through force, particularly after a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan," he said.
"The situation profoundly changed, though, on August 21, when Assad's government gassed to death over a thousand people, including hundreds of children."
Explaining his plans to order a targeted air strike in response, Obama said there was no doubt that a deadly nerve gas attack took place, and listed evidence of the Syrian regime's responsibility. "The facts cannot be denied," Obama said.
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