Thursday, September 11, 2014

Global Impact: Syria Warns US, Allies, Surrogates Any Action on Syrian Soil Must Be Coordinated

According to Reutersany foreign intervention in Syria would be an act of aggression unless it is approved by Damascus, a Syrian government minister said on Thursday (September 11), after the United States said it was prepared to strike against IS militants in the country.

"Any action of any type without the approval of Syrian government is an aggression against Syria," Ali Haidar, minister of national reconciliation affairs, told reporters in Damascus.

Syria has repeatedly warned that any action on its soil needs its approval and has said it is willing to work with any country to tackle IS fighters who have captured large areas of Syria and neighboring Iraq.

"There must be cooperation with Syria and coordination with Syria and there must be a Syrian approval of any action whether it is military or not."
Foreign countries could use IS simply as a pretext for attacking Syria, Haidar told reporters ahead of a meeting with new international peace mediator Staffan de Mistura.

COMMENT: Potentially, President Obama's address on Wednesday night (September 10) could unleash a host of bad actors and rogue nations whose actions might well be unpredicted and unanticipated, including Russia.

I fully concur with many Republican senators and representatives that any additional fiscal efforts to counter IS should NOT be added to the deficit, but rather be replaced by deleted funding already in the Federal budget.

Washington and its Western allies have supported the insurgency against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and have ruled out cooperating with him to combat IS, which seeks to create a cross-border caliphate.

Instead, the United States wants to bolster moderate Syrian rebels fighting Assad and has asked Congress to authorize $500 million to train and arm them, and has said it is willing to carrying out air strikes against Islamic State targets in the country.

Syria's Western-backed National Coalition opposition has said it is ready to work with the US against IS, saying it has long called for action and had repeatedly warned about the threat of radical Islamists.

Speaking in Damascus after meeting with al-Assad and other senior Syrian officials, UN-appointed mediator Mistura said it was important for the international community to tackle radical militant groups in Syria.

"The terrorist threat has become an international concern shared by everyone," he told a news conference, adding that the international community was getting closer to taking action.

He said he had a "very long and useful meeting" with al-Assad, but declined to give details, saying only that the United Nations would work with Syria to help tackle the violence, provide humanitarian aid and work on a solution to the crisis.

"Syrians, wherever they are, and the government should be helped by the United Nations and the international community to find a Syrian-owned all-inclusive, positive, political process," he said.

Syria has said it is willing to work with Mistura and has called on him to be fair and respect the wishes of the Syrian people, whatever that means.