Syria crisis: US strike to be ‘limited and proportional’, says Obama

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 21:45

Zee Media Bureau/Neha Attre

Washington: Ahead of Congress voting on Syria crisis next week, President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that any US strike in the strife-torn country would be “limited and proportional.”

Obama expressed confidence of Congress support on Syria after the backing of senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham who said that they were in favour of military action in Syria.

Meanwhile, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault decided to postpone the call for Parliamentary Board voting on the Syria crisis till the Congress vote.

The United States has accused Assad regime for Aug 21 attack, which Washington says claimed 1429 lives. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has vehemently denied the claims.

Even US Secretary of State John Kerry said during a television interview that it has proof that dedly Sarin gas was used by the Syrian regime.

Assad also warning that any military intervention would exacerbate the chaos in the entire region.

Comparing the Middle East to a "powder keg", Assad said "the fire is approaching today" and the entire region would explode.

Around two million Syrians have reportedly fled the country since the uprising in the country in 2011 and the figure is expected to touch 3.5 million by end of the year, a United Nations report has stated.

A joint missile test by Israel and United States took place in Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday fuelling fear of an attack on Syria.

The Russian Defence Ministry had earlier detected the launch of two ballistic “objects” towards the eastern Mediterranean from the central part of the sea, but there were no signs of any missile strike in Damascus, Russia`s state-run RIA news agency said.




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