Reps urge military intervention in Syria
On Sunday, the lawmakers pressed Obama to take further action in Syria, saying without intervention, the entire region will “fall into chaos” by the end of the year, Reuters reported.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R- South Carolina) said that Washington could bomb the Syrian air bases with cruise missiles but cautioned against sending in troops.
“You don’t need to go deep into Syria to do that,” Graham said, adding, “If you could neutralize the air advantage the Syrian government has over the rebels, I think you could turn the tide of battle pretty quickly.”
Sen. John McCain (R- Arizona) also said the United States should go to Syria as part of an international force to secure Syria’s chemical weapons. He noted, however, that he was against sending US troops into the country.
“The worst thing the United States could do right now is put boots on the ground on Syria. That would turn the people against us,” McCain said.
The senators’ comments came after the US and its allies said there’s evidence that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons in its fight against foreign-backed militants.
Damasacus has rejected the accusations as a barefaced lie. Damascus has repeatedly said that it will not chemical weapons in an attempt to end the unrest in the country.
The White House had previously described any use of chemical weapons in Syria as a “red line,” which could trigger possible military action.
Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar al-Jaafari said on Sunday that Western states have raised the issue of possible use of chemical weapons in Syria as a pressure tactic against his country.
Al-Jaafari stated that Syria requested to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to help investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Khan al-Asal in Aleppo, but when the Security Council met to discuss this issue, French and British ambassadors made unsubstantiated claims that chemical weapons were used in Homs four months before the Aleppo incident.
Syria has been gripped by a deadly unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of government security forces and army personnel, have been killed in the violence.
Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
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