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Syria retracts weapons threat

Syria has said an earlier foreign ministry statement that it would use chemical weapons against foreign forces was "misconstrued and taken out of context". Britain had earlier said the threat from Damascus is "unacceptable"

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Syrian President will be held 'accountable', Obama says

If Syria uses chemical weapons, President Bashar al-Assad will be held accountable, US President Obama said Credit: Larry Downing / Reuters

US President Barack Obama said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be held accountable if Syria makes the tragic mistake of using chemical weapons.

He said: "Today we're also working so that the Syrian people can have a better future, free of the Assad regime.

"Given the regime's stockpiles of chemical weapons, we will continue to make it clear to Assad and those around him that the world is watching and that they will be held accountable by the international community and the United States should they make the tragic mistake of using those weapons."

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