More than two million Syrians have now fled their war-ravaged country, the UN refugee agency said
?Punishment? against the Damascus government, as French President François Hollande put it, would consist only of aerial strikes on military units that have used chemical weapons, according to a source in the French Cabinet. Chemical ammunition warehouses would be spared in order to avoid uncontrollable explosions. The militaries of potential coalition forces believe they know exactly where these warehouses are.
The Syrian civil war has been ongoing for over two years, more than one hundred thousand Syrian have lost their lives, and over two million have become refugees. We do not know the actual numbers as many, if they have the means, have fled to friends and family in the surrounding nations and further afield.
|Syria will not see a rerun of the Anglo-French Cooperation we saw in Libya|
Commenting on Conservative Home‘s special jury on the events in Syria Open Europe’s Christopher Howarth argues that Anglo-French co-operation on defence and foreign policy has taken a knock from the UK’s decision to pull out of military action in Syria:
David Cameron?s Syrian fiasco will reverberate through many aspects of politics. But how will it affect the UK?s international standing?
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Washington needs to quickly formulate a strategy that it is prepared to implement and live with, whatever the consequences, writes Richard Haass
With breathtaking paternalism, the Obama Administration has decided ?something must be done? in Syria. The ?something? it has in mind is the dropping of dozens of Raytheon?s BGM-109 bombs (aka the Tomahawk cruise missile) throughout Syria, particularly around its capital, Damascus.
The Sunday Mail claims that a British company was given an export license to sell chemicals to Syria that could be used to make chemical weapons. The government says the licenses were revoked, the chemicals never made it to Syria, and that they could not be used for that purpose in any case. [BBC]
President Bashar al-Assad warned Syria would retaliate if France takes part in foreign strikes on his forces