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    Snippets from various news sources.

    “Australia is offering moral support for a U.S. military strike in Syria while New Zealand said on Monday it needs more information after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry personally called each country's Foreign Minister.

    New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Mr. Kerry called Foreign Minister Murray McCully over the weekend and that New Zealand wants to assess all steps taken ahead of a strike before stating its position.

    Putin also said Russia would "help Syria" if the US were to strike, pointing to existing military, economic and humanitarian cooperation.

    The US president held a bilateral meeting Friday morning with President Xi Jinping of China, who like Russia vehemently opposes military action against Syria.

    Cleric Wathiq al-Batat, who leads the Mukhtar Army, a shadowy Iranian-backed militia, said his forces are preparing for a strong reaction against the interests of the U.S. and other countries that take part in any Syria strike. He claimed that militants have selected hundreds of potential targets, which could include both official American sites and companies "associated with the Americans."

    The European Union agreed on Saturday that the Aug. 21 chemical attack outside Damascus appears to have been the work of the Syrian regime, but that any potential military attack against it should wait for a United Nations inspectors' report.

    Indonesia has been calling on the international community to refrain from extrajudicial justice on Syria, and to wait until UN investigators publish the results of their work.

    China has consistently opposed a military solution for the Syrian crisis, joining Russia in its belief that any action must be based on the UN investigation and authorized by the UN Security Council.

    Any action on Syria should be taken within the UN framework, and only after the UN releases the results of the chemical weapons investigation, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stressed.
    South African President Jacob Zuma slammed the idea of a military intervention in Syria on the eve of the summit, saying that one cannot “remain silent when one country is being bombed to ashes before our eyes.”

    Earlier last week, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta stressed that Italy would not participate in a strike against Damascus “if the United Nations doesn’t back it.”

    British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged that he “will act accordingly” after British MPs rejected the government’s motion to support a military action against Syria.

    Cameron on Friday again hinted at the possibility of bypassing the UN Security Council on the strike, saying that relying on the body whose decision hinges on a potential Russian veto would be “a very misguided approach.”

    Europe’s biggest supporter of the US-led strike against Assad, French President Francois Hollande, told reporters after the G20 summit that he will rely on the UN inspectors’ report and the decision of the US Congress.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel defined her country’s position during the G20 summit, saying that she does not believe military intervention is the answer, and that Germany will support a political solution. But on Saturday Germany did join Obama's resolution.”

    Americans Ramp Up Protests Against Syria Strike

    Americans Ramp Up Protests Against Syria Strike | World | RIA Novosti

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    “Another protest harnessed social media, as men dressed in US military uniform who claimed to be serving currently in the armed forces posted pictures of themselves online, their faces obscured by handwritten signs bearing messages saying they did not join the military to “fight for al Qaeda in a Syrian civil war.”


    A former US Army officer who did three tours in Iraq said on his Facebook page that “there is little doubt that many are real serving service members.”

    The officer, who asked not to be identified, called the protest “sad” and “an embarrassment to the uniform.”

    But, he told RIA Novosti, he is “not a fan of these strikes” being sought by Obama because “I just don't think we have a plan for the next steps.”




    G20 Syria divide: World’s largest nations speak out against US-led strike — RT News

    WH goes all-out to win Syria strike support ahead of Tuesday speech | Fox News

    EU agrees Syria behind gas attack, urges U.S. to hold off - World - CBC News

    Report: Iran message orders Iraqi militias to retaliate if U.S. strikes Syria - CBS News

    World Public Opinion Sharply Opposed To Syria Strikes
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