Western allies could hit Syria in days, U.S. has no intent to topple Assad regime
The United States and its allies have told rebel forces in Syria that military action against the Syrian government could be conducted within days.
According to Reuters, diplomats from the U.S. and other Western countries warned Syrian opposition leaders at a meeting in Istanbul that military action was about to start and told them to be ready for talks if the government wants to negotiate with them.
The U.S. says its forces in the region are ready to strike at any moment… and are just waiting for President Obama to give it the go-ahead.
The Obama administration insists it is still considering various options and is not trying to force regime change in Damascus.
"The options that we are considering are not about regime change. They are about responding to a clear violation of an international standard that prohibits the use of chemical weapons."
British Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain wants to punish the Assad regime for using chemical weapons, but he is keen to avoid getting sucking into a wider conflict.
Meanwhile, the Arab League has blamed Assad for last week's chemical attack and urged the UN Security Council to act.
Experts say the announcement could potentially give diplomatic cover to Western powers if they choose to attack.
Technically the U.S. could legally launch military action against Syria without UN backing if NATO gives the strike the green light.
UN backing for any military action is highly unlikely given that Russia, one of Assad's staunchest allies, has veto power at the Security Council.
NATO is scheduled to convene an emergency meeting on Thursday to discuss its stance on the matter.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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