Keyword: chemical weapons

Syria: war, silence and lies

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The United States and France – though no longer Britain, it seems- are poised to intervene militarily in Syria. While helping to remove the Assad regime is an urgent priority, the expected campaign of air strikes seems like a headlong rush without legal basis. And one which is a form of camouflage for past errors and acts of cowardice, the opportunistic management of public opinion and a possible trigger for a regional cataclysm with incalculable consequences. Yet, argues Mediapart editor François Bonnet, there are alternatives.

Obama the isolationist

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After days of hesitation, the United States finally seems poised to intervene militarily following Syria's use of chemical weapons against its own people. But until then, faced with the enduring crises in Syria and Egypt, the White House had sometimes given the impression that the entire administration was on its summer holiday. More generally, during the first five years of his presidency Barack Obama has shown indecision and muddle in his handling of international issues. To the point, argues Thomas Cantaloube, that the United States is in danger of slipping towards insignificance on the world stage.

 

France warns Syria of forceful response over chemical weapon claims

Foreign minister Laurent Fabius says if UN cannot make a decision then international commuity would find 'other ways', but rules out ground troops.

France's Le Monde says chemical weapons used in Syria

Newspaper says one of its photographers suffered blurred vision and respiratory difficulties after an attack on April 13 just inside central Damascus.

France warns Syria over chemical weapons use

French President Francois Hollande warned that any use of Syria's chemical weapons would be a legitimate justification for military intervention.