U.S. says Syria plans gas attack in rebel stronghold

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-says-syria-plans-gas-attack-in-rebel-stronghold-1536535853

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold, U.S. officials said, raising the prospects for another retaliatory U.S. military strike as thousands try to escape what could be a decisive battle in the seven-year-old war.

In a recent discussion about Syria, people familiar with the exchange said, President Trump threatened to conduct a massive attack against Mr. Assad if he carries out a massacre in Idlib, the northwestern province that has become the last refuge for more than three million people and as many as 70,000 opposition fighters that the regime considers to be terrorists.

International efforts to avert an offensive have failed to dissuade Syria, Russia and Iran as they try to deliver a crippling blow to rebels who appear to be on the verge of defeat after trying for seven years to force Mr. Assad from power. Russia and Syria have stepped up their airstrikes, while thousands of civilians have been evacuated to government-controlled parts of Syria. Mr. Assad has rebuffed appeals from the United Nations, Turkey, the U.S. and others who have warned that an attack could trigger a new humanitarian crisis.

“Syria is once again at the edge of an abyss,” Francois Delattre, the French ambassador to the United Nations, said last week during a U.N. Security Council meeting on Idlib.

The Pentagon is crafting military options, but Mr. Trump hasn’t decided what exactly would trigger a military response or whether the U.S. would target Russian or Iranian military forces aiding Mr. Assad in Syria, U.S. officials said.

The U.S. could also use things like targeted economic sanctions against Syrian officials instead of military strikes.

“We haven’t said that the U.S. would use the military in response to an offensive,” one senior administration official said. “We have political tools at our disposal, we have economic tools at our disposal. There are a number of different ways we could respond if Assad were to take that reckless, dangerous step.”

Fears of a massacre have been fueled by new U.S. intelligence indicating Mr. Assad has cleared the way for the military to use chlorine gas in any offensive, U.S. officials said. It wasn’t clear from the latest intelligence if Mr. Assad also had given the military permission to use sarin gas, the deadly nerve agent used several times in previous regime attacks on rebel-held areas. It is banned under international law.

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(((they))) are very persistent..same game plan..different day and city..

401

~ by seeker401 on September 11, 2018.

2 Responses to “U.S. says Syria plans gas attack in rebel stronghold”

  1. I wonder could Syria be so important for some other, more… “antique” reason?…so that they desperately need to put hands on it/something there…

  2. Syria is important only for the Zionists’ Greater Israel and the Cabal who wish to own it. Funny that this comes out just four hours ago in light of what appears to be a continuation of the Middle East War for Profiteers. Funny how it’s in the interest of ‘Israel’ but the Romans are pretending to be the humanitarians again! League of Nations aka United Nations Smells like another World War in the air!

    International Criminal Court threatened with US sanctions
    September 10, 2018

    The US has threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court if it goes ahead with prosecutions against Americans.

    The court is currently considering prosecuting US servicemen over alleged detainee abuse in Afghanistan.

    National Security Adviser John Bolton called the court “illegitimate” and vowed the US would do everything “to protect our citizens”.

    The US is among dozens of nations not to have joined the 2002-founded court.

    What steps could the US take?
    ICC judges and prosecutors would be barred from entering the US and their funds in the US would be sanctioned.

    “We will prosecute them in the US criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans,” Mr Bolton said.

    More “binding, bilateral agreements” would be signed to stop countries submitting US citizens to the court’s jurisdiction.

    The ICC was established by the Rome Statute in 2002, but the US did not ratify it as President George W Bush opposed the body. Mr Bolton served in the Bush administration, notably as ambassador to the UN from 2005.

    The Rome Statute has been ratified by 123 countries, including the UK, leaving more than 70 as non-members. President Barack Obama sought to develop co-operation with the ICC.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45474864

    The Rome Statute is the result of multiple attempts for the creation of a supranational and international tribunal. At the end of the 19th century, the international community took the first steps towards the institution of permanent courts with supranational jurisdiction.

    With the Hague International Peace Conferences, representatives of the most powerful nations made an attempt to harmonize laws of war and to limit the use of technologically advanced weapons. After World War I and even more after the heinous crimes committed during World War II, it became a priority to prosecute individuals responsible for crimes so serious that needed to be called “against humanity”.

    In order to re-affirm basic principles of democratic civilisation, the alleged criminals were not executed in public squares or sent to torture camps, but instead treated as criminals: with a regular trial, the right to defense and the presumption of innocence. The Nuremberg trials marked a crucial moment in legal history, and after that, some treaties that led to the drafting of the Rome Statute were signed.

    The ICC can prosecute individuals (but not states or organizations) for four kinds of crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rome_Statute_of_the_International_Criminal_Court

    Typical, what was it Kissinger called military men, DOGS? Throw them to the wolves, while they laugh all the way to the bank!

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