France tables evidence Syrian government ordered chemical attack
The French intelligence service has drafted a nine-page report in which it says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad personally ordered last month's "massive and coordinated" chemical attack that killed hundreds.
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault presented the report to French ministers and heads of parliamentary groups at an emergency meeting on Syria on Monday.
Ayrault spoke of the need to back military action against the Syrian government.
"President Hollande is working on persuading and bringing together a coalition as quickly as possible."
In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, President Assad said that IF France does take part in foreign strikes against Syria, he will retaliate.
Assad said "if the policies of the French state are hostile to the Syrian people, the state will be their enemy" and said France will have to face the consequences.
He added that military intervention could set off a regional war and described the Middle East as a tinderbox that would explode if any attack were launched.
Despite the most dire warning yet, Western nations continue to ramp up their rhetoric against the Syrian regime.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he has seen evidence that Syrian authorities used chemical weapons,.. adding it would send a dangerous signal to dictators if the world did not respond firmly.
Over in Washington, Congress is set to vote next week on President Obama's proposal to authorize air strikes against Syria.
Senator John McCain said a vote against would be disastrous.
"A rejection of that -- a vote against that resolution by Congress, I think would be catastrophic because it would undermine the credibility of the United States, and the U.S. president."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed sending a group of Russian lawmakers to the U.S. to discuss the situation with members of Congress and to persuade them to take a "balanced stance" on the issue.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
The United Nations' refugee agency reports that Syria's refugees now top 2 million people which represents a drastic rise from over 200,000 just a year ago.
UN officials say the humanitarian calamity shows no sign of abating.
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