Assad warns of 'retaliation'

In an interview President Assad has suggested there would be retaliation by those aligned with him for any attack on Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in the UK later today ahead of talks with Foreign Secretary William Hague.

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Chemical attack survivors are struggling to recover

The US Secretary of State says Syria's use of chemical weapons crosses a "global red line."

John Kerry has arrived in Britain to gain support for military action against the country.

His mission comes as the Syrian President once again warned he'll retaliate if the country is attacked over the issue of chemical weapons.

Survivors of the attack in Damascus are still struggling to recover three weeks after it happened.

In a rare insight into life there ITV News has talked to some of those in Zamalka, a rebel-held suburb.

From Damascus ITV News International Editor Bill Neely reports:

Assad 'suggests retaliation' for any attack on Syria

President Assad has suggested there would be retaliation by those aligned with him for any attack on Syria.

Syria's president Bashar al-Assad has suggested there will be retaliation for any attack on Syria Credit: Reuters

In an interview with CBS News, Assad also said he is very concerned that an attack on Syria would degrade his military and tip the balance in the conflict.

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Kerry: No decision on UN vote on Syria

John Kerry is in Europe to court international support for a possible strike on Syria Credit: APTN

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States did not rule out the possibility of returning to the United Nations Security Council to secure a resolution on Syria once U.N. inspectors complete their report.

Speaking at a news conference in Paris, Kerry said President Barack Obama had yet to make a decision on the issue.

"The end of this civil war is going to require a political solution.

"There is no military solution. What the US is seeking - not alone, but together with others - is to enforce the standard with respect to the use of chemical weapons," he said.

"We are not seeking to become engaged in, or party to, Syria's civil war", he said.

Obama to give six TV interviews ahead of Syria vote

President Obama will look to explain why international consensus on Syria was not reached at the G20 summit near St Petersburg. Credit: Reuters/Dimitar Dilkoff/Pool

US President Barack Obama will give six television news interviews to push his case for taking military action against Syria, ahead of the pivotal vote in Congress.

Mr Obama will record interviews with PBS, CNN, Fox and three network news channels on Monday afternoon, with the exchanges airing in the evening's broadcasts.

The president will make his case for pursuing military strikes in response to an alleged chemical attack by the Assad regime in a prime time speech the following day.

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Obama 'has made no decision' on waiting for UN report

Secretary of State John Kerry has said that President Obama has made no decision on waiting for the UN inspectors report.

John Kerry has said that President Obama has made no decision on waiting for the UN inspectors report.

Kerry said: "The President of the United States has made no decision I will return to Washington and obviously this will be a point of discussion but we take that decision under advisement.

"But the President has taken no decision this respect of what he may or may not do."

Kerry welcomes 'strong' EU statement on Syria

John Kerry is in Vilnius courting EU support for a strike on Syria. Credit: REUTERS/Susan Walsh/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has welcomed a European Union statement on Saturday that said there appeared to be strong evidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical attack on civilians last month.

Speaking after meeting EU foreign ministers in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, Mr Kerry said: "We are very grateful for the statement that came out of the meeting today with respect to Syria -a strong statement about the need for accountability."

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