Syria: John Kerry claims 'lies'

Syria has denied charges by US Secretary of State John Kerry that it uses chemical weapons, adding that "what he said was lies" and baseless. A US intelligence report says at least 1429 people including 426 children were killed in the attack.

Syrian rebels plan raids to exploit Western strikes

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks with his weapon on a street in Deir al-Zor. Credit: Reuters

Opposition fighters across Syria are preparing to launch attacks that exploit anticipated US-led military strikes, a rebel commander has said.

But Qassim Saadeddine, a former Syrian army colonel and spokesman for the rebels' Supreme Military Council, added that there are no plans to coordinate with Western forces.

He told Reuters: "The hope is to take advantage when some areas are weakened by any strikes.

"We ordered some groups to prepare in each province, to ready their fighters for when the strike happens."

On Friday, the US it was considering a limited response to a "brutal and flagrant" chemical weapons attack by the Syrian regime it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus.

Chemical weapons 'should never be used again'

US Ambassador Samantha Power has said that chemical weapons "should never be used" again, after a US intelligence report says at least 1429 people including 426 children were killed in the attack.

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Not a scratch, shrapnel wound, cut, nor gunshot wound, yet at least 1,429 Syrians dead, including 426 children.

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Findings of our assessment on #Syria are clear, and there's a reason after WWI the civilized world agreed CWs should never again be used.

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Kerry: US keen not to repeat Iraq experience

US Secretary of State John Kerry has emphatically underlined the evidence America claims points to Assad's regime attacking its own people with chemical weapons on August 21.

He said: "Our intelligence community has carefully reviewed and re-reviewed information regarding this attack, and I will tell you it has done so more than mindful of the Iraq experience - we will not repeat that moment."

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports.

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Kerry: 'Assad is a thug and a murderer'

Secretary of State John Kerry described Syrian President Assad a "thug and a murderer" and the world had a choice of what to do.

Mr Kerry told a press conference: "Some cite the risk of doing things, but we need to ask what is the risk of doing nothing? It matters because if we choose to live in a world where a thug and a murderer like Bashar al-Assad can gas thousands of his own people with impunity.

"Even after the US and our allies said no and then the world does nothing about it - There will be no end to the test of our resolve."

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