U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens as he testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee while on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 8, 2014. (REUTERS/Larry Downing)
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A threatened, but averted, American missile strike to punish Syria's government for a chemical weapons attack last summer would not have been powerful enough to change the course in the Syrian civil war, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday, in an attempt to deflect criticism that the U.S. hasn't done enough to stem the violence there.Under pointed questioning by a Senate panel he used to chair, Kerry said the scrubbed strike would have been limited, and would have been aimed only at preventing Syrian President Bashar Assad from delivering more chemical weapons to his forces. Kerry said more than half of Assad's chemical weapons stockpile -- 54 percent -- has so far been shipped out of Syria.
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