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The Conflict in Syria

Published: September 2, 2013 | 11:13 am
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The United States Congress will begin debating the issue of Syria on 9 September. The congressmen are currently on their summer break, and have expressed their approval of the fact that the President Barack Obama has deferred the decision on whether to initiate military operations in Syria to them. The head of the country and other influential politicians are eagerly awaiting the decision from the Congress.

Information has been spread that President Obama could initiate military intervention in Syria even if the Congress was to disapprove of his plan. According to the foreign media, Mr. Obama plans to discuss the issue of Syria with other participants at the G20 summit in St. Petersburg on 4-5 September. The U.S. President announced his decision to attack Syria at a White House briefing on Saturday.

A statement on the matter has today been issued in France. According to the French officials, they cannot act against the Assad regime unilaterally. The country’s Minister of the Interior has stated that France will await the decision from the United States Congress.

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Syria has responded to the U.S. President’s decision by telling the foreign media that any military activity against his country’s government will be supportive of Al-Quaeda and its subsidiary groups.
The Arab League has called upon the international community to support the measures against Syria, although some members of the organisation, such as Libya and Iraq, do not share this stance. Military intervention is also being opposed by the United States’ closest regional ally, Jordan. President Obama’s recent announcement was followed by protests across the Arab world. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in Jordan and Libya to condemn the American position.

More than 300 people were killed on 21 August as a result of chemical weapons being used against them. According to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the total number of victims of chemical weapons in Syria exceeds 1000. The civil war in Syria, which has been ongoing for 2 years, has claimed over 100 000 lives, with 1.7 million people being forced to flee their homes.

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