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Obama to speak about Syria at 1:15 Eastern time

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WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama is getting ready to speak about Syria from the White House.

A White House official says Obama's remarks will not be about an imminent military operation in Syria, but will be an update to the public about his decisions on how to proceed.

Obama has been considering a limited military strike against Syria. As of Friday he said he hadn't yet made a decision.

The strike would be in response to a chemical weapons attack the U.S. says Syrian President Bashar Assad's government carried out against Syrians. The U.S. says more than 1,400 Syrians were killed in that attack last week.

The White House is also briefing senators Saturday about Syria.

Obama's statement is set for 1:15 p.m. EDT Saturday.

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