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Originally published August 23, 2013 at 6:06 AM | Page modified August 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

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Obama, national security team meet on Syria

U.S. intelligence officials are still trying to determine whether Syrian President Bashar Assad unleashed a deadly chemical weapons attack against his people earlier this week.

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WASHINGTON —

U.S. intelligence officials are still trying to determine whether Syrian President Bashar Assad unleashed a deadly chemical weapons attack against his people earlier this week.

That's the word from the White House after President Barack Obama met with his national security team Saturday to discuss possible next steps in Syria. Officials have said Obama will decide how to respond once the facts are clear.

A statement from the White House about Saturday's meeting said Obama also received a detailed review of the range of options he has requested for the U.S. and its international partners to respond if it is determined that Assad has engaged in deadly chemical warfare.

The White House says Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron also discussed the situation in Syria by telephone Saturday.

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