State Secretary John Kerry’s accusations of chemical weapons use are ‘desperate attempt’ to justify attack, Syrian Foreign Ministry says
LONDON (AP) — David Cameron seemed the picture of a confident national leader when he cut short his vacation early this week to muster support for a military reprisal against Syria for its purported use of chemical weapons against civilians. He stood with President Barack Obama, facing down a dictator, demanding respect for international law.
Report concludes with ‘high degree of confidence’ that Assad fired missiles carrying nerve gas at Damascus suburbs, killing 1,429 people. Read in full
“Syria needs full support against these criminals,” wrote Venezuelan lawmaker Adel el-Zabayar in a letter to his country’s National Assembly this week. He was requesting indefinite leave from office in order to fight alongside the Syrian army, having arrived in the country two weeks ago to visit his ill mother. With the upcoming threat of military attack by the US, he has decided to stick around and fight. “Without doubt, I’ll have a weapon,” he told TIME by telephone early on Friday morning local time from a site he said was around 50 miles south of Damascus near the city of Sweida. …
State Secretary lays down intelligence report concluding Syrian regime’s blame for chemical attack, warns against silence in face of crimes. Read full speech
UN Security Council incapable of action in Syria, Obama says. US response not yet decided, but US is looking at limited action, not open-ended operation. Syria threatens allies, including Israel, Obama adds.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered remarks on Friday on Syria amid U.S. intelligence findings that a Syrian chemical weapons attack killed 1,429 Syrian civilians, including 426 children. Below is a transcript of Kerry’s statement, as transmitted by Roll Call, Inc: “President Obama has spent many days now consulting with Congress and talking with leaders around the world about the situation in Syria. …
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