Obama discusses Syria with Britain's Cameron, France's Hollande

WASHINGTON Fri Aug 30, 2013 4:24pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama looks up during a meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington August 30, 2013. During the meeting, Obama spoke with reporters about the crisis in Syria. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama looks up during a meeting with Baltic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington August 30, 2013. During the meeting, Obama spoke with reporters about the crisis in Syria.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama discussed Syria in phone calls with British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande on Friday, a senior administration official said.

The calls came as Obama seeks the broadest diplomatic support possible for a military strike to retaliate against a Syrian chemical weapons attack on August 21 that U.S. intelligence says killed 1,429 people.

(Reporting By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton; editing by Christopher Wilson)

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