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Obama says he's considering 'narrow' Syria action

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The U.S. is poised to go after Syria alone in response to a chemical weapons attack they President Barack Obama says the country's government carried out last week.

There is no international support and no backing from Britain, America's most steadfast ally, but Obama says he is determined to hold Syria's government accountable.

The president says he's ready to take limited and narrow unilateral action by calling the gas attack in Syria a "challenge to world" but he did repeatedly cast himself as a reluctant warrior.

"I assure you nobody ends up being more war weary than me," Obama said. "But what I also believe is that part of our obligation as a leader in the world is making sure that when you have a regime that is willing to use weapons that are prohibited by international norms on their own people -- including children -- that they're held to account."

The president stressed this will not be another Iraq by insisting any action will neither include boots on the ground nor an open-ended commitment without the backing of America's most steadfast ally, Britain and with no U.N. resolution the Nobel Peace Prize winner is alone on the world stage. He's reluctantly starting to make the case for U.S. military action.

"But ultimately, we don't want the world to be paralyzed. And, frankly, you know, part of the challenge that we end up with here is that a lot of people think something should be done, but nobody wants to do it," he said.

This week it was Secretary of State John Kerry taking the lead for the second time this week, this time saying about the intelligence

"This crime against conscience, this crime against humanity, this crime against the most fundamental principles of international community, against the norm of the international community, this matters to us," Kerry said.

A de-classifed U.S. intelligence report released Friday blames Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government for the deaths of more than 1,400 people, including 426 children.

"Instead of being tucked safely in their beds at home, we saw rows of children lying side by side, sprawled on a hospital floor, all of them dead from Assad's gas," Kerry said.

Except critics are warning against a rush to war.

The Carter Center in Atlanta released a statement Friday declaring, "a punitive military response without a U.N. Security Council mandate or broad support from NATO and the Arab League would be illegal under international law and unlikely to alter the course of the war."

Despite a vote in Britain against taking action in Syria, Obama indicates that France is with him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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