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Obama Hasn’t Decided on Next Actions on Syria, Official Says

Aug. 26 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama hasn’t decided whether the U.S. will take military action in Syria, according to an administration official who asked for anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

The administration is considering whether to lay the groundwork for a military response following the latest suspected use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime against civilians.

U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain is convinced Assad was behind the alleged chemical weapons use and that there was agreement with the U.S. and France on the need to respond. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said his country will join a coalition against Syria if the United Nations fails to act.

UN inspectors are attempting to probe the allegations. Some Syrian opposition groups say 1,300 people were killed in the Aug. 21 attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. Assad has called the accusations “nonsense.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Margaret Talev in Washington at mtalev@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steven Komarow at skomarow1@bloomberg.net

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