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Obama: World credibility on line

Barack Obama has warned the credibility of the US and the international community is on the line over their response to Syria's alleged gas attack. The Senate foreign relations panel has backed Obama's plans but it still needs Congressional approval

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'Catastrophe' if Congress does not back military action

Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State Credit: Gero Breloer/DPA/Press Association Images

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said it would be a "catastrophe" if Congress did not back military action and "undermine the American position in the world" after Mr Obama made the use of chemical weapons a "red line" issue.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme action should be more than a "shot across the bows" but not go as far as intervening to influence the result of the civil war.

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