Leaked: War on 'Legitimate' Syrian Government is Illegal - US Secretary of State

Leaked: War on 'Legitimate' Syrian Government is Illegal - US Secretary of State
Sun Oct 2, 2016 15:05:43

Top US diplomat admitted in at least one leaked audio tape that the administration’s lawyers had determined any and all American intervention in Syria is illegal.

US Secretary of state made the confession in a meeting on the sidelines of a UN meeting in New York, while experts have long criticized the legality of the US intervention in Syria under the tenets of international law, Sputnik reported.

The lawyers have referred to the fact that the legitimate government of Bashar al-Assad has patently refused to welcome American intervention and has repeatedly called on the United States to stop meddling in the ongoing civil war to which Washington is not a party to.

It turns out that Washington is fully aware that their involvement in the Syrian theater is in violation of international law as was discovered from leaked audio tapes of Secretary of State John Kerry speaking to Syrian opposition members on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York last week.

"We don’t have a basis to intervene, our lawyers tell us, unless we have a UN Security Council Resolution which the Russians can veto or unless we are under attack from folks or unless we are invited in. Russia is invited in by the legitimate regime," said Kerry acknowledging the Assad government’s stature under the doctrines of international law.

The Secretary of State implied that this violation of international law would only apply if the United States engaged in a full-on war to oust Assad rather than leading a coalition engaged, purportedly, in counter-terrorism strikes and called into question the legality of Russia’s actions despite confirming that Moscow is involved in the conflict at the invitation of the "legitimate government."

In fact, the Syrian government has repeatedly called on the United States to be evicted from the country’s airspace most recently following the attacks in Deir Ezzur against a Syrian Army base that led to the death of 62 soldiers, injured 100 others and “paved the way” for a major offensive by ISIS terrorists with the assault and subsequent offensive occurring almost in tandem.

Further, the United States not only realizes but admits that the demands by the Assad government are, morality aside, binding under international law as the Syrian governement remains legitimately recognized.

This begs the questions what the consequence of the Obama administration’s admission of violating international law by intervening in Syria without invitation by the existing government will or what extralegal steps the US might choose to pursue to sidestep Russia’s veto power in the Security Council, FNA reported.


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