Obama sends Congress videos to prove Syria used chemical weapons

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Al Arabiya received videos late Saturday that U.S. President Barack Obama sent to Congress to prove that Syria used chemical weapons against civilians.

The videos show victims of the purported chemical weapons attacks, laid on ground seemingly deceased or dying.

The Syrian opposition said that a chemical weapons attack on Ghouta, a district in Damascus, killed more than 1,300 people, including women and children.

However, Obama has sent a collection of videos depicting victims not only in Ghouta but also in other areas.

The videos are Obama’s latest move to convince the wider American public to punitively strike Syria.

A Reuters poll shows that 56 percent of Americans are against military action on Syria, while 19 percent support a strike.

Obama, meanwhile, will give interviews on Monday to three network news anchors, as well as to anchors from PBS, CNN, and Fox, to garner support for a “limited” strike against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

The interviews will be taped on Monday afternoon and will air during each network’s Monday evening news broadcast, Reuters reported the White House as saying.

The U.S. leader wants to gather support ahead of pivotal congressional votes on military strikes in Syria, due to take place next week.

(With Reuters)

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