From dismay in Israel to caution in France, reaction to the US president’s decision to seek approval from Congress was mixed
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with his national security staff to discuss the situation in Syria in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington, in this photo taken August 30, 2013, courtesy of the White House. REUTERS/Pete Souza/White House/Handout via Reuters
On Thursday night, the House of Commons effectively rejected the use of British military force in a punitive but measured strike against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. The week before, his murderous regime used chemical weapons indiscriminately in the suburbs of Damascus, killing over one thousand people, in one of the worst excesses of a protracted civil war. The British government ? along with those of France and the United States ? had planned to punish his crime using salvos of cruise missiles delivered from warships, submarines and combat aircraft. This planned attempt to lay down a marker that the Western powers will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons, and to deter against their future use, has been derailed by the Members of Parliament. The United States? president, Barack Obama, has now pulled-back from striking and has offered to give the United States? Congress its own vote.
Homs Palestinian Camp, Syria: Jihadists are entering Syria at an accelerating pace, according to Syrian, UNWRA, and Palestinian officials as well as residents in the refugee camps here. For the now-estimated 7000 imported foreign fighters, Palestinian camps are seen as optimal locales for setting up bases across Syria.