FSA leader due in UK to gain more support

FSA leader due in UK to gain more support
Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:29:46

A Syrian militant ringleader plans to visit London to ask Foreign Secretary William Hague to support British and American military action against the Syrian government.

Salim Idris, head of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), is expected to arrive shortly, amid growing pressure from certain Western and Arabian governments on the international community to arm the foreign-backed militants or launch air strikes against the Syrian army forces.

Diplomatic sources say General Idris is likely to challenge Hague to match his words with deeds and provide what he says would be ‘game-changing’ firepower.

Idris fiercely criticized Cameron last month after the Prime Minister appeared to backtrack on indications that he was ready to arm the militants.

Syrian government has been investigating reports of an alleged chemical attack in which the opposition claimed that around 1,300 people were killed and the army was responsible for it.

The Syrian government and army have strongly rejected the claims.

A team sent by the United Nations is also set to investigate the latest claim of chemical weapons use outside Damascus.

The US however has not waited for an investigation on the case which its dimensions remain foggy and has voiced its readiness to launch military attack on Syria which Washington had postponed until a chemical attack was carried out in Syria.

Despite killing of at least 100,000 people in the massive foreign-backed insurgency in Syria, US had withheld a military intervention which they claim could be solution that helps people in the country, until a chemical attack was carried out, if any.

Pentagon has moved its naval forces closer to Syria and its chief Chuck Hagel has been affirming readiness to act on Obama’s command.

The war in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of Western and regional states.


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