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International Developments

? “Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said the Syrian government . . . had carried out chemical weapons attacks against its own people”.

? “Assad is a war criminal, but an attack will do nothing for the people of Syria: The west needs to concentrate on formally criminalising the Assad regime and turning its members into international pariahs.”

? President Obama may strike Syria whether or not Congress approves.  The debate thus far.  Update:  Several lawmakers in on the White House’s “classified briefing” say the resolution as written is “too open ended”.

? French “President Francois Hollande reaffirmed to Obama [yesterday] his will to punish Syria but has come under increasing pressure to put the intervention to parliament.”

? “Latin American diplomats:  Wait for [UN] report before striking Syria.”

? To no one’s surprise, according to al-Jazeera, “Saudi Arabia backs US strike against Syria.”

? “Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after war began: Furious politicians have demanded [UK] Prime Minister David Cameron explain . . ..”  The chemicals were potassium fluoride and sodium fluoride.

? UK’s Royal Air Force claims to have intercepted “Senior Syrian military chiefs [telling Syrian] captain: fire chemicals or be shot.”

? Pope Francis has announced “Day of Fasting for Peace for Syria.”  He’s advocating a “negotiated settlement to the civil war in Syria”.

? “Syria intervention plan fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concern: Massacres of civilians are being exploited for narrow geopolitical competition to control Mideast oil, gas pipelines.”

? “Syria: threat of US air strikes prompts global protests–in pictures.”

? Medecine sans Frontieres [Doctor’s Without Borders] has “warned that its medical information could not be used as evidence to certify the precise origin of the exposure to a neurotoxic agent or to attribute responsibility.”

? “At least 47 people were reported killed at an Iranian dissident camp in Iraq” today.

? Suicide attack in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.  Six dead. [cont’d.]

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