US: Chemical attacks make Syria top security risk
by Lara Jakes, AP National Security Writer
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 In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. In declaring Syria a national security threat, the Obama administration is warning Americans as much about the leaders of Iran and North Korea as about President Bashar Assad. And America’s credibility with those countries will be an immediate casualty if fails to respond to Syria now, administration officials say in making their case for U.S. missile strikes. It’s a connection that’s not immediately clear to most Americans _ especially after the White House refused to send military support earlier in the Syrian war. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. In declaring Syria a national security threat, the Obama administration is warning Americans as much about the leaders of Iran and North Korea as about President Bashar Assad. And America’s credibility with those countries will be an immediate casualty if fails to respond to Syria now, administration officials say in making their case for U.S. missile strikes. It’s a connection that’s not immediately clear to most Americans _ especially after the White House refused to send military support earlier in the Syrian war. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In declaring Syria a national security threat, President Barack Obama is warning as much about the leaders of Iran and North Korea as about Bashar Assad.

And administration officials say America's credibility with those countries will be an immediate casualty if the U.S. fails to respond to Syria now with military action.

It's a connection that's not immediately clear to most Americans — especially after the White House refused to send military support earlier in the Syrian war.

Following an Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack outside Damascus, the White House declared Syria's civil war a top risk to American interests. The administration says that attack killed 1,429. Other estimates are lower.

The war, now in its third year, has so far killed more than 100,000 people.



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