AFP- Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday the expected US military action against Syria would be a "tailored response" to punish Bashar al-Assad's regime for its use of chemical weapons.
Kerry said President Barack Obama "has said very clearly that whatever decision he makes in Syria, it will bear no resemblance to Afghanistan, Iraq or even Libya. It will not involve any boots on the ground. It will not be open ended."
Meanwhile Obama and his French counterpart Francois Hollande are both convinced the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on its own people last week, an aide to Hollande said Friday.
The two leaders "share the same certainty that the attack was chemical in nature and that the regime was undoubtedly responsible," the aide said after Obama and Hollande held phone talks Friday.
"Francois Hollande repeated France's determination not to leave these crimes unpunished and felt the same determination on Obama's side."