Syrian opposition urges US Congress to back strike on Syria

Syrian opposition coalition has called on the US Congress to support military intervention in Syria.

The Syrian National Coalition said on Sunday that any attack against the government of President Bashar al-Assad must also include a transfer of more weapons to foreign-backed militants fighting there.


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Obama told Netanyahu of plan on Syria before public announcement: Officials


Top Israeli officials say US President Barack Obama has secretly told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about his plan on Syria prior to a public announcement. Watch video

Failure awaits any US attack on Syria: President Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that ‘failure awaits the United States’ if it launches a war on his country.


US military intervention in Syria can lead to WWIII: Analyst


Any US military intervention in Syria will merely exacerbate the crisis in the Arab country and put the globe on the brink of another world war, a political analyst tells Press TV.

“US military involvement [in Syria] obviously would not resolve the crisis. It would just make it worse as always happens when the US military gets involved in parts of the world where it has no business being,” said Kevin Barrett in a Saturday interview with Press TV.

“This is a dangerous move because we’re really on the edge of a potential World War III in Syria. The region is being destabilized more and more at every moment,” he pointed out.

On Friday, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that the Pentagon was positioning military forces as part of “contingency options” provided to US President Barack Obama regarding Syria.

Hagel’s remarks have been interpreted as a tacit suggestion that the US may be preparing for a military attack on Syria.

Also on Friday, some American military officials said that Washington was considering military options against Syria over the allegations of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government.

Barrett, noted that pressures by the hard-line Israeli lobby are also behind such hawkish US posturing.

On Wednesday, the militants operating in Syria claimed that around 1,300 people were killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.

But the Syrian Army strongly rejected any role in the chemical attack, saying the accusations were fabricated to distract a visiting team of the UN chemical weapons experts and to cover up militants’ losses.

The Syrian government later announced that the chemical attack had actually been carried out by the militants themselves as a false flag operation.

The announcement by Syria echoed earlier declarations by Russia, which said it had “new evidence” that the chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs were of a “provocative nature.” Iran has also said, “There are documents [showing] terrorist groups are behind this attack.”

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011.

A very large number of the militants operating inside Syria are reportedly foreign nationals.

According to reports, the West and its regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are supporting the militants inside Syria.
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Rand Paul says Washington aid to Egypt should end


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Republican Senator Rand Paul brands himself as a standalone politician–disagreeing with fellow Republicans at times–while agreeing with Democrats on certain issues. But the power shift in Egypt is pushing Paul to lock horns with the Obama administration. Watch Video

Obama impeachable for violating law


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A Florida-based conservative African American group known as National Black Republican Association has published a number of articles over the necessity of impeaching US President Barack Obama.

The group which associates itself with the Republican Party has criticized some of the Obama administration’s activities that have been supported by the GOP including the NSA spying programs, prosecution of whistleblowers, wiretapping of journalists, the torture program as well as the Benghazi cover-up.

“Obama is more than impeachable, for he has violated so many laws, just like his predecessor, George Bush, so this initiative to impeach Obama by the National Black Republican Association is sound, except that it is a partisan effort,” said Linh Dinh, an American writer and political analyst in an interview with Press TV’s US desk.

“These people identify themselves as Republicans, but the Republicans have no more respect for the Constitution than Obama does,” he added.

Dinh called for a “broad-based coalition of Americans” to work towards preparing the grounds for impeaching Obama, while insisting that the executive office must be held accountable, no matter who’s in power.

“A president cannot just start a war, for example, without congressional approval, or order anyone kidnapped, imprisoned or killed without due process. ”

Dinh argued that this “fundamental and structural problem” is not solved due to reluctance within US Democratic and Republican parties.

“Speaking about Bush, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House Speaker, even said that impeachment was off the table, quote unquote, so if the Democratic leadership was unwilling to even consider impeaching Bush, who was clearly a war criminal and violator of the Constitution, it will not go along with impeaching Obama,” he went on to explain.

The American political analyst underlined that no politician is willing to fix country’s problem because they are making profit out of this “broken system”.

“Americans need to stop thinking of themselves as Republicans or Democrats, for both parties have colluded to destroy this country, and given time, they will even try to destroy the world. They have already wrecked much of the global economy.”

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John Kerry faces Latin American grilling over NSA spying – YouTube

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US Secretary of State John Kerry had to face tough questioning over NSA surveillance in Colombia, ahead of his visit to Brazil — the country which has been the US’s top spying target in Latin America in Edward Snowden’s intelligence leaks.

Amid a chill in relations between Washington and Latin America, Brazil appears reluctant to go ahead with a planned $4 billion purchase of 36 US fighter jets, with sources close to the deal citing lack of trust as a reason, Reuters reported.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has expressed concern that the NSA’s e-mail and telephone surveillance targeted some of Brazil’s particularly sensitive sectors, such as oil production and the military.

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