1. STATE DEPARTMENT

    Kerry on Syria: Nothing Is More Serious

    Secretary of State John Kerry listens during his meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Kerry met Thursday with the foreign minister, and said that since he visited Baghdad in March, some progress has been made to stop Iraq from being a transit zone for weapons. But he says "very significant" progress has yet to be made. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    Secretary of State John Kerry cut his summer vacation short Monday to deliver a powerful speech on Syria in the wake of the chemical attack that left hundreds dead. “The meaning of this goes beyond the conflict in Syria ... this is about the large-scale use of weapons that the world decided should never be used at all,” he began. Kerry said the horror of watching the suffering captured in videos of the attack is “hard to express in words” but should “never be ignored or forgotten.” He confirmed that the Obama administration has proof that the Syrian government carried out the chemical attack and would be making an “informed decision” on how to respond in the next few days. “Nothing today is more serious, and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny," he ended.

    Says the human suffering witnessed can "never be forgotten."

    John Kerry discusses the unacceptable use of chemical weapons in Syria.

    Read it at The Wall Street Journal