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Kerry: UN Syria Resolution Still an Option

President Barack Obama has yet to make a decision on returning to the United Nations Security Council.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/8/2013, 5:29 PM

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Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Washington has not ruled out attempting to get the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution on Syria after UN inspectors complete their report regarding the Syrian army's alleged use of chemical weapons in an August 21 attack.

Speaking at a news conference in Paris on Sunday with his Qatari counterpart, Khaled al-Attiya, Kerry said US President Barack Obama had yet to make a decision.

The US military is planning a more extensive military operation against regime targets in Syria than had been previously considered, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

Unnamed "US officers" told the paper that the Pentagon is drawing up plans for 3 days of strikes against a list of targets significantly longer than the original list of 50, though it is still expected to be more a "show of force" than an attempt to influence events on the battlefield.

However, political analysts say that at present, the chances that the House of Representatives will vote to approve a strike on Syria are very slim.