US, UK say support is weak for military action against Syria

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LONDON - The United States and Britain are acknowledging the Western world's weak support for any military action against Syria's government as they seek ways to pressure President Bashar Assad and his chief backer, Russia, to halt a deadly offensive in Aleppo. They are trying to present it as a possibility, nevertheless.

After a meeting of 11 governments opposing Assad's rule, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson each insisted Sunday that all options were on the table. But their stark explanations about the danger of resorting to military force appeared to rule out such a move.

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