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US Concludes Syria Carried Out Attack, No Decision On Air Strikes

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President Barack Obama says he's convinced the Syrian government used chemical weapons on civilians during an attack that killed hundreds of people.

Obama says U.S. intelligence has evidence that it was the Syrian government, specifically the Bashar al Assad regime, that carried out a chemical attack on their own people. The country is in the midst of a two-year civil war.

The current government, however, is blaming their opposition.

Obama says the opposition doesn't have access or means to get chemical weapons.

U.S. battleships are now in the Arabian Sea and waiting for a command from our commander in chief. A senior Navy official confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday night that the Navy is also increasing the number of aircraft carriers in the region.

With that information becoming public knowledge, more than 6,000 Syrians fled to Lebanon in the last 24 hours.

U.S, British, and French governments have taken a public stand against the chemical attack that is said to have slowly tortured over 350 men women and children to death.

But Britian's attempt to force a resolution in the United Nations was blocked by Syria's ally, Russia.

The Syrian government still denies the attack and blames western countries, including the U.S., for providing the chemical weapons to their opposition.

"We have looked at all of the evidence, and we don't believe the opposition possessed … chemical weapons of that sort. We do not believe that, given the delivery system, using rockets, that the opposition could have carried out these attacks. We have concluded that the Syrian government, in fact, carried these out. And, if that's so, then there need to be international consequences," Obama said.

On the other hand, Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said Wednesday, "There is no consensus in the council on any draft resolution, whether it is British, French or American, No. 1, because members of the council, they don't believe the authenticity of the accusations provided by this delegation or that delegation. No. 2, these three western delegations are part of the problem. They are not part of the solution, of the resolution of the crisis. They are behind arming and supplying the armed terrorist groups."

Believing that Syria could aim at Israel next, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu tweeted "pursuant to security consultation held there is no reason to change daily routines. At the same time we are prepared for any scenario."

People began to line up Wednesday in Tel Aviv for gas masks.

Obama is meeting with congressional leaders this afternoon to brief them on intelligence and plans for a possible strike against Syria.

Of course, Congress is torn on whether or not we should become involved.

It's sure to be a tense day in Washington, FOX 29 News' Stephanie Esposito reported Thursday morning.

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