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President Obama said it is in the U.S. national security interest to respond to Syria's use of chemical weapons with a targeted military strike.

He said no one disputes that chemical weapons were used outside Damascus on August 21, and he said there is no doubt the government of President Bashar al-Assad was responsible.

Mr. Obama said if the U.S. does not act, such weapons would be used again, and that other tyrants and terrorists will get their hands on them and use them against civilians and U.S soldiers.

He said the object of a U.S. attack would be to degrade Mr. Assad's ability to use them again.

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