Obama to discuss Syria with national security team Saturday
Reuters, Saturday 24 Aug 2013
Following an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus that left over 1,000 dead, Barack Obama is to meet with security advisers to decide on a US response

US President Barack Obama is to meet with national security advisers early Saturday to discuss reports that the Syrian government used chemical weapons this week in an attack on a Damascus suburb, a White House official said in a statement.

"As we have previously stated, the president has directed the intelligence community to gather facts and evidence so that we can determine what occurred in Syria. Once we ascertain the facts, the president will make an informed decision about how to respond," the official said.

"We have a range of options available, and we are going to act very deliberately so that we're making decisions consistent with our national interest as well as our assessment of what can advance our objectives in Syria," the White House official said.