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UK joins US in chemical weapons warning



The UK has joined the US in warning Syria that the use or threat of chemical weapons would force them "to revisit their approach".

The warning came after a telephone call between Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama.

The PM also spoke to French President Francois Hollande. The three discussed building support for the opposition.

Earlier, Chinese state media accused Mr Obama of using the chemical arms issue as an excuse for military intervention.

Also on Wednesday, fierce fighting raged in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo and in Damascus, which residents said had witnessed the heaviest attack by government forces since the army re-asserted its control of the capital last month.

A Downing Street spokesman said the "appalling situation that continues in Syria" was the main focus of Mr Cameron's conversations with Mr Hollande and Mr Obama.

A Downing Street spokesman said the "appalling situation that continues in Syria" was the main focus of Mr Cameron's conversations with Mr Hollande and Mr Obama.

Mr Cameron and Mr Obama both agreed "that the use - or threat - of chemical weapons was completely unacceptable and would force them to revisit their approach so far", said the spokesman.

The comments echoed those by Mr Obama earlier in the week, when he said he would change his thinking on intervention if Syria used chemical weapons.

The two leaders, along with Mr Hollande, discussed "how to build on the support already given to the opposition" and "help a potential transitional Syrian government after the inevitable fall of [President Bashar al-] Assad".

Mr Obama and Mr Cameron called for a "credible opposition" that would "show real unity of purpose and coherence in working towards transition".

The three leaders also discussed the plight of Syrian refugees.

The spokesman said: "The prime minister emphasised the need to work with the UN and... that more should be done by the international community to channel humanitarian aid through the UN appeal."

Earlier, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua accused Western powers of "digging deep for excuses to intervene militarily".

In its commentary, Xinhua criticised Mr Obama's earlier remarks as "dangerously irresponsible" and said they would aggravate the conflict, reducing the chances of a political settlement.

China insists a ceasefire and UN-led mediation remain the best ways to end Syria's woes.

China and Russia have both blocked attempts to impose UN sanctions on Syria.

A Russian foreign ministry source told the Kommersant newspaper on Wednesday that Moscow believed Syria had no intention of using its chemical weapons and was able to safeguard them.

Fierce fighting continued across Syria on Wednesday.

An aerial bombardment preceded an assault by tanks on several areas of Damascus.

Activists said at least 37 people had been killed in the capital, in the areas of Kafar Soussa and Nahr Eishah.

A journalist working for the state-run Tishreen newspaper, Mosaab al-Odallah, was killed by the military during house-to-house searches in Nahr Eishah, activists and friends said.

Odallah was said to be sympathetic to the opposition.

Reuters reporters said they had heard shells and gunfire every minute in the northern city of Aleppo.

Elsewhere, rebels and troops fought for control of a military base and airfield near the eastern town of Albu Kamal.

Activists said at least three people were killed in a helicopter bombardment of Qastoun, in Hama province.

Shelling was also reported in Deraa, and heavy fighting was reported in Deir Ezzor in the east.

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 115 people, including 71 civilians, were killed across the country on Wednesday.

The figures cannot be independently verified.

Opposition activists say more than 20,000 people - mostly civilians - have died since the uprising against Mr Assad began last year.----

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19351020


Added: Aug-23-2012 Occurred On: Aug-23-2012
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  • I really dont understand how the US and UK work. So theyre fighting these same Muslims in Afganistan and now theyre supporting them in Syria. If it was my choice I would just leave them to fight each other and keep our military for protecting our countries.

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    • @oStarskreamo yeah but in this situation you cant do that as ,if iran gets nukes then the saudis will demand they get them and a new nuclear arsenal is born in the craziest part of the world .we are supporting them cos they are doing the work for us with little cost to us

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    • @oStarskreamo

      It's because it's not about fighting muslims, it's about national interests in relation to the big players in the world.

      Syria is a strong ally of Russia, Russia has military bases in Syria. If a Western friendly government can be inderted into Syria it will hinder a strategic asset of Russia's.

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    • @markymark69 News flash, Saudi's highly likely to already have them.

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    • @markymark69 I think the answer is to attack the buildings that house the Iranian research and development. Surely between the CIA and Military something can be done about it without invasion.

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    • @markymark69

      The main cause for Iran wanting weapons, despite not having them yet and not even being able to make one, is the threats of attack and the breaches of its sovereignty by nations like Israel.

      Our nations keep pushing Iran into a corner and poking it with a stick one day it's bound to lash out.

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  • YAY! Arn't we good people.

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  • cameron bends over and takes it up the ass again!

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  • cameron is such a tosspot. This is a guy who walks around the streets with his children. He left his 8 year old child in the pub not long ago. He needs to take his and his familys security seriously.

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  • China called your bullshit govts out. Dont even fucking think of doing anything stupid to advance your imperialist interventionist bullshit. Sit on your fucking hands you stupid 8 year old boy govts.

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  • Further proof that the uk is our bitch.

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  • Translation: "Obama got a rim job, so the uk now has to copy his opinion on the matter, all the while smelling like dick breath."

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  • Time for all us regular people to team up, and attack the whitehouse.. stop accepting shit from politicians and do something about it.. meet me outside of the whitehouse on the november the fifth

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  • the UK will always join the US like a puppy.

    Chem weapons are a red flag.. they want WAR.

    thanks to last week's post we know that "Syrian Observatory for Human Rights" is a Sunni in England who gets phones and he passes it all on to media, who lap it all up, word for word and report it as fact.
    I bet the Nazi's wish they had one of those in England in 1938

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  • cameron bending over like a good doggy

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  • why does any1 give a shit about syria

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  • I hope that these kind of politicians will die with a lot of pain.

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  • Fuck off David Cameron and suck on my fat ass! I'm fed up of my country "ENGLAND" poking it's nose into other countries affairs when we can't even get our own house in order..

    We are a tiny little island on this big planet, yet we think we can boss people about? We don't even have a single military air craft carrier until around 2015-2020 because the government decided to sell it, like the crack whores they are!!!

    This countries going to the dogs, but the government has it's people s More..

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  • one thing still remains after your rant Obeyak. (which may I add is a truthful rant) and that is we are a bunch of warmongers. Britain have always been at war with someone. Plus most battles now are with small well trained special op forces. This reduces the need for big troop carrying ships plus we have air bases all over the middle east. War costs money but it can also boost the economy.

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  • The part which dont sit easy with me is they're terrorists no matter which way you look at it.I know Syrian goverment is the bigger threat as they want nukes,but neither are innocent.

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  • its a good plan to over throw assad and then eventually iran .it may work and is certainly cheaper than going to war like we did in iraq .i say lets push harder and getting the flames really going .iran must not get nukes at all costs

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