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Kerry urges congress to OK strike

Defends timing, cites newproof of poison gas

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday urged lawmakers to approve strikes on Syria to preserve the “core to American credibility in foreign policy,” underlining the gamble President Obama took in putting the question to a wary Congress.

Upping the stakes, Kerry pointed to what he characterized as new evidence that President Bashar Assad of Syria had used chemical weapons in an attack that allegedly killed 1,400 people last month: signatures of sarin gas on hair and blood samples taken from first responders in East Damascus.

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