Aug. 27 - President Barack Obama weighs his options, including a military response, after a chemical weapons attack in Syria. Linda So reports.
It's video that has turned the world's attention to Syria. These images said to have been taken last week after a suspected chemical weapons attack that killed nearly 500 civilians. U.S. officials say evidence points to the Syrian government being behind the attack. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY, SAYING: "The violation is undeniable. It is our firm conviction that the Assad regime is responsible." In a briefing on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the U.S. has no option but to respond. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY, SAYING: "There must be a response. We cannot allow this kind of violation of an international norm with the grave consequences it represents to go unanswered." The Administration says it does not plan to send U.S. troops to Syria, but the President is weighing all of his options. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY, SAYING: "A decision about the use of military force has not been made. The President is reviewing his options, plural and obviously his options are many and they include a variety of possibilities that are not limited to the use of force." Meanwhile there has been no break to the fighting in Syria as the country deals with a two year long civil war. Assad has warned against any U.S. involvement saying it could lead to grave consequences. The administration maintains they are not looking to oust Assad. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY, SAYING: "It is not our policy to respond to this transgression with a regime change."