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Prez. Obama holds back military action against Syria

From BBC
US President, Barack Obama
US President, Barack Obama

US President, Barack Obama, has postponed his request for congressional authorization for strikes on Syria.

The congressional authorization for strike on Syria is intended to pursue a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis.  Mr. Obama has, however, warned the US Military would stay on alert to respond should talks fail.

In a speech to the American people Wednesday, September 11, 2013, Obama said: “A Russian Offer to persuade Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, to give up his stockpile of chemical weapons has offered the possibility of heading off the need to take military action.”

Al Jazeera quotes Mr. Obama as saying: “Though I was skeptical of the success of the plan, US forces are kept in a position to attack as I urged Americans to support my threat to use force as a necessary alternative.”

The speech came after hours of diplomatic wrangling in Moscow, Damascus and Washington.

During the diplomatic wrangling, Syria acknowledged it had chemical weapons and was willing to give them up. Such acknowledgement prompted Russia to push for the US to drop its threat of military action.

In his speech, Mr. Obama further said: “I am sending Secretary of State, John Kerry, to meet with his Russian counterpart Thursday (September 12, 2013) and will continue his own discussions with President Putin.”

He confirmed speaking with leaders of two of America’s closest allies, France and the United Kingdom.

President Obama said: “Together the US we (US, France and the United Kingdom) will work, in consultation with Russia and China, to put forward a resolution at the UN Security Council.

“The resolution is intended to require Assad to give up his chemical weapons and to ultimately destroy them under international control,” he added.


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