US, Syria, poised to clash

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'PIVOT' TOUR. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to the media during a joint news conference in Kuala Lumpur on August 25, 2013. AFP / Kamarul Akhir

US forces readied to strike Syria on Tuesday, August 27, as the West insisted its goal was not regime change but to punish the Assad government for unleashing chemical warfare on civilians. The White House said there was “no doubt” that President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were to blame for an attack which killed hundreds of Syrians last week, and promised to provide declassified evidence this week to prove it. With military action seen as a near certainty and expected within days, Syria, on the other hand, vehemently vowed to defend itself with what it dubbed “surprise” measures, while allies Russia and Iran warned that the use of force would have dire consequences.

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