Wednesday, August 28, 2013

War Drums: US ready to strike Syria – Defence Sec

President Barack Obama
War Drums seem to be sounding as US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says American forces are “ready” to launch strikes on Syria if President Barack Obama chooses to order an attack. Washington has previously described chemical weapons use as a red line that might prompt it to intervene militarily in Syria.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the world could not stand idly by after seeing appalling scenes of death and suffering caused by suspected chemical weapons attacks.

French President Francois Hollande said France was “ready to punish” whoever was behind the attack, and had decided to increase military support for Syria’s main opposition.

Syria President Assad
Meanwhile, the Arab League said it held Syrian President Bashar al-Assad responsible for the attacks and called for UN action.

Syrian opposition sources have said they have been told to expect a Western intervention in the conflict imminently.

Russia and China, allies of the Syrian government, have stepped up their warnings against military intervention, with Moscow saying any such action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has said he rejects “utterly and completely” claims that Syrian forces used chemical weapons, and his government has blamed rebel fighters.

Syria`s main opposition group has accused the government of "massacring'' more than 1300 people in chemical weapons attacks near Damascus, saying many of the victims choked to death.

See Photos after the cut... Warning: Many of the photos in this post will be disturbing to some readers. They feature numerous images of dead bodies and people in distress, including young children and infants.

Evidence of a Chemical Attack in Syria Is Overwhelming and Disturbing
Evidence of a Chemical Attack in Syria Is Overwhelming and Disturbing
Pigeons lie dead on the ground on August 24 from after what activists say is the use of chemical weapons by government forces in the Damascus suburb of Arbeen.
Evidence of a Chemical Attack in Syria Is Overwhelming and Disturbing
See more photos of victims of Ghouta chemical attack in Syria HERE.