President Obama concludes that Assad regime used chemical weapons
Speaking to U.S network PBS on Wednesday, President Obama said the U.S government has concluded the Syrian government carried out the recent chemical attacks that killed hundreds of civilians near Damascus.
The president's comments came as the last flicker of hope for an united effort to deal with the crisis faded out after Western nations failed to convince Russia at a UN meeting to support a resolution for military action.
As expected, the key Western military alliance, NATO, gave its backing for intervention with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen saying the Assad regime's actions could not go unanswered and those responsible had to be held accountable.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appealed for diplomacy among world powers to secure more time for chemical weapons inspectors in Syria to finish their work.
But Washington and its European and Arab allies say their minds are already set on punishing Assad for using chemical weapons. even though concrete proof has not been found.
Meanwhile, Israel has ordered a small-scale mobilization of reservists and deployed missiles on the border.
Israel says it is ready to fight back against any threat to its citizens.
"Our finger is not light on the trigger but whoever around us presumes they can challenge us by threat will of course encounter our might."
Syria has hinted that it could shoot at the Jewish state if it is subject to international intervention.
Israel is also preparing for sudden possible rocket attacks from Hezbollah.
With the clock ticking on what now seems like an inevitable military action, Syrians are beginning to stock up on emergency supplies and are leaving homes near potential targets.
Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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