Assad officials will see delay as Obama 'weakness'

Assad officials will be smiling tonight at what they'll see as signs of weakness and hesitation from Obama.

To them this delay is proof of doubts in public opinion over Western military action in Syria.

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Syria ready for US 'aggression'

President Bashar al-Assad has said Syria is capable of confronting any "external aggression", Reuters reports, citing state television. The United States are seeking approval from Congress to take military action.