Obama moving unavoidably towards Syria war - official

The U.S. is moving gradually towards a war in Syria, said chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov.

The U.S. is moving gradually towards a war in Syria, said chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov.

"Obama is moving unavoidably towards a war in Syria, the way George W. Bush was moving towards the war in Iraq. A war in Syria, like the war in Iraq would be illegitimate, and Obama will become Bush's clone," he wrote in his Twitter blog on Sunday.

The Pentagon chief, Chuck Hagel, earlier announced readiness to implement a military scenario in Syria if President Barack Obama issues the order.

Tensions ran high in Syria after the Syrian opposition claimed on Wednesday that the government troops had used chemical weapons near Damascus. At least 1,300 people were killed in the attack, the opposition claimed. The Syrian military denied the allegations.

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