US will not act alone on Syria insists Obama
horror: Gas evidence needed
President Barack Obama says a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria this week is a "big event of grave concern" that has sped up the timeframe for determining a US response.
"This is something that is going to require America's attention," Obama said during an interview broadcast yesterday.
However, the president said the idea that the US alone can end Syria's bloody civil war is "overstated" and made clear he would seek international support before taking large-scale action.
"If the US goes in and attacks another country without a UN mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it, do we have the coalition to make it work," he told CNN.
Obama's comments on Syria were his first since Wednesday's alleged chemical weapons attack on the eastern suburbs of Damascus that killed at least 100 people. While he appeared to signal some greater urgency, his comments were largely in line with his previous statements.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria during more than two years of clashes between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and opposition fighters seeking to overthrow his regime. The US has long called for Assad to go and has sent humanitarian aid to the rebels, but those steps have failed to push the Syrian leader from power. Obama said the US is still seeking conclusive evidence that chemical weapons were used this week.